The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 10:29
And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab…
If several of the
sons of Joktan went into India, as the Arabs say, one would be tempted
to think that Ophir in India, whither Solomon sent his ships once in
three years, had its name from the first of these;
(See Gill on 10:26) but as this would be carrying him too far
from the rest of his brethren, who appear to have settled in Arabia,
some place must be found for him there; and yet there is none in which
there is any likeness of the name, unless Coper can be thought to be, a
village in the country of the Cinaedocolpites, on the Arabian Gulf, as
in Ptolemy F6, or Ogyris, an island in the same sea, Pliny F7 makes
mention of the same with the Organa of Ptolemy F8, placed by him on
the Sachalite bay; wherefore Bochart F9 looks out elsewhere for a seat
for this Ophir, or "Oupheir", as in the Septuagint version, and
finding in a fragment of Eupolemus, preserved by Eusebius F11, mention
made of the island of Ourphe, which he thinks should be Ouphre, or
Uphre, situated in the Red sea, seems willing to have it to be the seat
of this man and his posterity, and that it had its name from him; or
that their seat was among the Cassanites or Gassandae, the same perhaps
with the tribe of Ghassan, Aupher and Chasan signifying much the same,
even great abundance and treasure: Havilah, next mentioned, is
different from Havilah, the son of Cush, (Genesis 10:7) and so his
country; but it is difficult where to fix him; one would rather think
that the Avalite bay, emporium, and people, should take their name from
him than from Obal, (Genesis 10:28) but Bochart F12 chooses to place him
and his posterity in Chaulan, a country in Arabia Felix, in the extreme
part of Cassanitis, near the Sabaeans: and Jobab, the last of Joktan's
sons, was the father of the Jobabites, called by Ptolemy F13 Jobarites,
corruptly for Jobabites, as Salmasius and Bochart think; and who are
placed by the above geographer near the Sachalites in Arabia Felix,
whose country was full of deserts, as Jobab in Arabic signifies, so
Bochart F14 observes, as the countries above the Sachalite bay were, by
which these Jobabites are placed:
all these were the sons of Joktan;
the thirteen before mentioned,
all which had their dwelling in Arabia or near it, and which is further
described in the following verse.
F6 Geograph. l. 6. c. 7.
F7 Nat. Hist. l. 6. c. 28.
F8 Ut supra. (Geograph. l. 6. c. 7.)
F9 Phaleg. l. 2. c. 27.
F11 Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 30. p. 457.
F12 Ut supra, (Phaleg. l. 2.) c. 20.
F13 Ut supra. (Geograph. l. 6. c. 7.)
F14 Ut supra, (Phaleg. l. 2.) c. 29.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Genesis 10:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ge&chapter=010&verse=029>. 1999.