Hebrew: פוּט —transliteration: Put —meaning unknown
also known as: Phut (Ezek. 27:10 KJV)
This was the name of a biblical man and a place.
Put, son of Ham
Put, a land or people
Put is a land or people from among whom came a portion of the mercenary troops of Egypt. It is believed with certainty to be in northern Africa. Based on various evidences, it is assumed to refer to Libyans and Libya, but this is not certain.
Note: Jeremiah 46:9 KJV and NKJV say “Libyans,” but other translations more correctly say “Put,” which is the actual Hebrew word used in Scripture (Jeremiah 46:9 ESV; Jeremiah 46:9 NIV). Likewise, Ezekiel 30:5 KJV and NKJV and Ezekiel 38:5 KJV/NKJV say “Libya,” whereas modern translations say “Put” (Ezekiel 38:5 NASB; Ezek. 38:5 ESV; Ezek. 38:5 NIV). The word “Libya” does not exist in the Old Testament original texts. However, it does appear in the New Testament. The Greek word is Λιβύη —transliteration: Libué —meaning: “the west bank of the Nile,” Libya (Acts 2:10 NASB).
The King James Version and others say Put in Nahum 3:9.
Compare: Nahum 3:9 NKJV and Nah. 3:9 NASB
The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote,
“Phut also was the founder of Libya, and called the inhabitants Phutites (Phoutes), from himself: there is also a river in the country of Moors which bears that name; whence it is that we may see the greatest part of the Grecian historiographers mention that river and the adjoining country by the appellation of Phut (Phoute): but the name it has now has been by change given it from one of the sons of Mezraim [Mizraim], who was called Lybyos.” —Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, book 1:6/2