Chim'ham (Hebrews Kimham´, כַּמהָם, pining; Sept. Χιμαάμ v. r. Χαμαάμ), a follower, and probably a son (Joseph. Α᾿χίμανος, Ant. 7:11, 4; and comp. 1Ki 2:7) of Barzillai the Gileadite, who returned in his stead from beyond Jordan with David on his restoration after Absalom's rebellion (2Sa 19:37-38,40, which last verse gives the name as כַּמהָן, Kimhan´). B.C. 1023. David appears to have bestowed on him, as a reward for his loyalty, a possession at Bethlehem, on which, in later times, an inn or khan (גֵּרוּה), called after him (Sept. Γηβηρωθχαμάαμ; Vulg. peregrinantes in Chamaam; A. V. "habitation of Chimham;" the text has the name כַּמוֹהָם, i.e. כּמוּהם, Kemuham´; Sept. v. r. Γαβαηρωχάμα, γῇ Βαρὼθ Χαμάαμ, etc.), was standing, well known as the starting-point for travelers from Jerusalem to Egypt (Jer 41:17). Blunt notices in this mention of the dwelling of Chimham at Bethlehem an indication of the actual munificence of David to the family of Barzillai, for which we are prepared by the narrative in Samuel and Kings (Undesigned Coincidences, 6th ed. p. 150). SEE INN.

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