the name of a country from which Solomon obtained gold for the temple ( 2 Chronicles 3:6 ). Some have identified it with Ophir, but it is uncertain whether it is even the name of a place. It may simply, as some think, denote "Oriental regions."
(Oriental regions ), the name of an unknown place or country whence the gold was procured for the decoration of Solomons temple. ( 2 Chronicles 3:6 ) We may notice the conjecture that it is derived from the Sanscrit purva , "eastern," and is a general term for the east.
par-va'-im (parwayim; Septuagint Pharouaim):
The word occurs only in 2 Chronicles 3:6, as the place from which Solomon obtained gold for the decoration of his Temple. A derivation is given from the Sanskrit purva, "eastern," so that the name might be a vague term for the East (Gesenius, Thesaurus, 1125). Whether there was such a place in arabia is doubtful. Farwa in Yemen has been suggested, and also Saq el Farwain in Yemamah. Some have considered the name a shortened form of Cepharvayim which occurs in the Syriac and Targum Jonathan for the "Sephar" of Genesis 10:30.
A. S. Fulton
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