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The gold of Ophir

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Announcements Forums Mind – August 20th, 2017 The gold of Ophir

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    I was intrigued by the “gold of Ophir” and so did a bit of research. From my 1884 Bible Dictionary by Wm. Smith:

    “Ophir: 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… In addition to gold, the vessels brought from Ophir almug wood and precious stones. The precise geographical situation of Ophir has long been a subject of doubt and discussion. The two countries which have divided the opinion of the learned have been Arabia and India…”

    The Amplified Bible helped me understand better these passages in Job 22:

    23 “If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before Him], you will be built up [and restored];
    If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
    24 And place your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks [considering it of little value],
    25 And make the Almighty your gold and your precious silver,
    26 Then you will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God.
    27 You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.
    28 You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
    And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways.

    “Make the Almighty your gold and your precious silver” is sound advice!

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