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Lehem

LEHEM le’ hĕm (לָ֑חֶם; LXX B Σωχηθα). Possibly an unidentified site in Judah (1 Chron 4:22) following RSV tr. “Joash and Saraph...returned to Lehem.” However, KJV reads phrase as a personal name, “...and Jashubilehem,” (so KB) for a son of Shelah of the tribe of Judah. Dahlberg (IDB, III, p. 110) thinks it should be repointed to read weyashubu leḥem, “but returned (to themselves),” an idiom found elsewhere (Num 22:34; Deut 5:30; 1 Sam 26:12; cf. LXX A, which reads καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν αὐτούς). Myers (Anchor Bible; 1 Chronicles, p. 24), following Kittel, emends passage to read יָּשֻׁבוּ בְבֵת־לֶחֶם, “they returned to Bethlehem.”