“In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.”
King James Version (KJV)
16:34 In his days - This is added, as an instance of the certainty of divine predictions, this being fulfilled eight hundred years after it was threatened; and withal, as a warning to the Israelites, not to think themselves innocent or safe, because the judgment threatened against them by Ahijah, chap.#14:15|, was not yet executed. Or, as an evidence of the horrible corruption of his times, and of that high contempt of God which then reigned.The Bethelite - Who lived in Bethel, the seat and sink of idolatry,wherewith he was throughly leavened. He laid, &c. - That is, in thebeginning of his building, God took away his first - born, and otherssuccessively in the progress of the work, and the youngest when he finishedit. And so he found by his own sad experience, the truth of God's word.