211. Ophir
Strong's Concordance
Ophir: a son of Joktan, also his desc., also a region from which gold comes
Original Word: אוֹפִיר
Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine
Transliteration: Ophir
Phonetic Spelling: (o-feer')
Short Definition: Ophir
אוֺפִיר proper name Ophir׳א 1 Kings 10:11 +; אוֺפִ֫ירָה 1 Kings 9:28 + אוֺפִר Genesis 10:29; אֹפִיר 1 Kings 10:11

1. proper name, masculine 11th son of Joktan Genesis 10:29 (J) = 1 Chronicles 1:23; ᵐ5 Οὐφειρ, Ὠφειρ, name of an Arabian tribe, see Genesis 10:30 & Di.

2. proper name, of a location (land or city south or southeast from Palestine, exact position unknown, compare below; ᵐ5 Σωφηρα, Σωφειρα, Σουφειρ, etc.; Job 28:16 Ὠφειρ AC, compare 1 Kings 22:49 A Ὠφειρδε, B omitted) place whither Solomon's ships went from Ezion Geber, bringing thence gold 1 Kings 9:28 — compare 1 Kings 22:49 — 2 Chronicles 8:18; gold, almug- (sandal-?) wood & gems 2 Chronicles 10:11 (twice in verse), compare 2Chronicles 9:10; probably 1 Kings 10:22 reference to same ships; they came once in three years with gold, silver, ivory, apes & peacocks (all from Ophir ?); 2 Chronicles 9:21 makes these ships go to Tarshish (but on Tarshish-ships, i.e. large, sea-going vessels, merchantmen, see 1 Kings 22:49 & below תַּרְשִׁישׁ). 3 characteristic of fine gold (in poetry & late) ׳זְהַב א 1 Chronicles 29:4; ׳כֶּתֶם א Isaiah 13:12; Job 28:16; Psalm 45:10. 4 hence for fine gold itself Job 22:24 ("" בֶּצֶר). — (If 2 = 1, then southern, probably south-eastern, Arabia (compare Di Genesis 10:29) furnished the gold; and other articles, which point farther east (e.g. to India, toward which the words קוֺפִים apes & תֻּכִּיִּים peacocks seem to lead), were either brought to Ophir by traders, & so found there by Solomon's men, or were found elsewhere by the latter, whose cruise may have taken them beyond Ophir, the name of Ophir alone, as source of gold-supply, being preserved. If (less likely) 1 & 2 are not the same, the only data for determining location of 2 are the articles brought, & one may look toward India, Ceylon or other islands, or even lower Africa. Particular theories have as yet no adequate support; e.g. (a) old city Supara, or Uppara, in the region of Goa, Malabar coast (compare ᵐ5 above 2, but also 1; form with Σ said on Coptic authority to denote India, see JablonskiiOpusc. ed. te Water i. 337; compare also JosAnt. viii. 6. 4; in that case its use by ᵐ5 may indicate a theory of the location of Ophir); (b) peninsula Malacca; (c) island Sumatra; (d) Sofâla, with city Zimbabye (southeast Africa); (e) west coast of Arabia (where gold & silver formerly found), etc. On these & other theories, see Di Genesis 10:29 RiHWB, Herzog, SmithDict. Bib.; compare GlasSkizze ii. 367 ff.) **WMMAs.u.Eur.111 identifies with Egyptian Punt, on western coast of Red Sea.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

Or (shortened) pophiyr {o-feer'}; and fowphir {o- feer'}; of uncertain derivation; Ophir, the name of a son of Joktan, and of a gold region in the East -- Ophir.

Forms and Transliterations
אוֹפִ֑יר אוֹפִ֔ירָה אוֹפִ֛ירָה אוֹפִ֥יר אוֹפִ֥ר אוֹפִֽיר׃ אופיר אופיר׃ אופירה אופר מֵאֹפִ֜יר מֵאוֹפִ֑יר מאופיר מאפיר ’ō·w·p̄î·rāh ’ō·w·p̄ir ’ō·w·p̄îr ’ōwp̄ir ’ōwp̄îr ’ōwp̄îrāh mê’ōp̄îr mê’ōwp̄îr mê·’ō·p̄îr mê·’ō·w·p̄îr meoFir oFir oFirah
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13 Occurrences

mê·’ō·w·p̄îr — 3 Occ.
’ō·w·p̄ir — 7 Occ.
’ō·w·p̄î·rāh — 3 Occ.

Genesis 10:29
HEB: וְאֶת־ אוֹפִ֥ר וְאֶת־ חֲוִילָ֖ה
NAS: and Ophir and Havilah and Jobab;
KJV: And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab:
INT: and Ophir and Havilah and Jobab

1 Kings 9:28
HEB: וַיָּבֹ֣אוּ אוֹפִ֔ירָה וַיִּקְח֤וּ מִשָּׁם֙
NAS: They went to Ophir and took four
KJV: And they came to Ophir, and fetched
INT: went to Ophir and took there

1 Kings 10:11
HEB: נָשָׂ֥א זָהָ֖ב מֵאוֹפִ֑יר הֵבִ֨יא מֵאֹפִ֜יר
NAS: gold from Ophir, brought
KJV: gold from Ophir, brought in
INT: brought gold Ophir brought Ophir

1 Kings 10:11
HEB: מֵאוֹפִ֑יר הֵבִ֨יא מֵאֹפִ֜יר עֲצֵ֧י אַלְמֻגִּ֛ים
NAS: brought in from Ophir a very
KJV: brought in from Ophir great
INT: Ophir brought Ophir trees almug

1 Kings 22:48
HEB: תַּרְשִׁ֜ישׁ לָלֶ֧כֶת אוֹפִ֛ירָה לַזָּהָ֖ב וְלֹ֣א
NAS: to go to Ophir for gold,
KJV: to go to Ophir for gold:
INT: of Tarshish to go to Ophir gold did not

1 Chronicles 1:23
HEB: וְאֶת־ אוֹפִ֥יר וְאֶת־ חֲוִילָ֖ה
NAS: Ophir, Havilah and Jobab;
KJV: And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab.
INT: Ophir Havilah and Jobab

1 Chronicles 29:4
HEB: זָהָ֖ב מִזְּהַ֣ב אוֹפִ֑יר וְשִׁבְעַ֨ת אֲלָפִ֤ים
NAS: of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000
KJV: of the gold of Ophir, and seven
INT: of gold of the gold of Ophir and seven thousand

2 Chronicles 8:18
HEB: עַבְדֵ֤י שְׁלֹמֹה֙ אוֹפִ֔ירָה וַיִּקְח֣וּ מִשָּׁ֔ם
NAS: servants to Ophir, and took
KJV: of Solomon to Ophir, and took
INT: servants Solomon's to Ophir and took there

2 Chronicles 9:10
HEB: הֵבִ֥יאוּ זָהָ֖ב מֵאוֹפִ֑יר הֵבִ֛יאוּ עֲצֵ֥י
NAS: brought gold from Ophir, also brought
KJV: gold from Ophir, brought
INT: brought gold Ophir brought trees

Job 22:24
HEB: וּבְצ֖וּר נְחָלִ֣ים אוֹפִֽיר׃
NAS: in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones
KJV: dust, and the [gold] of Ophir as the stones
INT: the stones of the brooks Ophir

Job 28:16
HEB: תְ֭סֻלֶּה בְּכֶ֣תֶם אוֹפִ֑יר בְּשֹׁ֖הַם יָקָ֣ר
NAS: in the gold of Ophir, In precious
KJV: with the gold of Ophir, with the precious
INT: be valued the gold of Ophir onyx precious

Psalm 45:9
HEB: לִֽ֝ימִינְךָ֗ בְּכֶ֣תֶם אוֹפִֽיר׃
NAS: the queen in gold from Ophir.
KJV: the queen in gold of Ophir.
INT: your right gold Ophir

Isaiah 13:12
HEB: וְאָדָ֖ם מִכֶּ֥תֶם אוֹפִֽיר׃
NAS: than the gold of Ophir.
KJV: than the golden wedge of Ophir.
INT: and mankind the gold of Ophir

13 Occurrences

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