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Ophir (ô'fir), abundance. 1. One of the sons of Joktan. Genesis 10:29; 1 Chronicles 1:23. 2. A seaport or region from which the Hebrews in the time of Solomon obtained gold. The gold was proverbial for its fineness, so that "gold of Ophir" is several times used as an expression for fine gold, 1 Chronicles 29:4; Job 28:16; Psalms 45:9; Isaiah 13:12; and in one passage, Job 22:24, the word Ophir by itself is used for gold of Ophir and for gold generally. In addition to gold the vessels brought from Ophir almug wood and precious stones. The precise situation of Ophir has long been a subject of discussion. It is safe to conclude that Ophir was in southern Arabia, upon the border of the Indian Ocean; for even if all the things brought over in Solomon's ships are not now found in Arabia, but are found in India, yet there is evidence that they once were known in Arabia.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Ophir'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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