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This is the name of a Biblical man and a region.

  1. one of the sons of Joktan (Genesis 10:29)

  2. some region famous for its gold (1 Kings 9:28; 10:11; 22:48; Job 22:24; 28:16; Isaiah 13:12)

    In the Septuagint this word is rendered “Sophir,” and “Sofir” is the Coptic name for India, which is the rendering of the Arabic version, as also of the Vulgate. Josephus has identified it with the Golden Chersonese, i.e., the Malay peninsula. It is now generally identified with Abhira, at the mouth of the Indus. Much may be said, however, in favor of the opinion that it was somewhere in Arabia.