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chittim


chittim


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Chittim 
  or  Kittim,  a  plural  form  (Gen.  10:4),  the  name  of  a  branch  of 
  the  descendants  of  Javan,  the  son"  of  Japheth.  Balaam  foretold 
  (Num.  24:24)  "that  ships  shall  come  from  the  coast  of  Chittim, 
  and  afflict  Eber."  Daniel  prophesied  (11:30)  that  the  ships  of 
  Chittim  would  come  against  the  king  of  the  north.  It  probably 
  denotes  Cyprus,  whose  ancient  capital  was  called  Kition  by  the 
  Greeks. 
 
  The  references  elsewhere  made  to  Chittim  (Isa.  23:1,  12;  Jer. 
  2:10;  Ezek.  27:6)  are  to  be  explained  on  the  ground  that  while 
  the  name  originally  designated  the  Phoenicians  only,  it  came 
  latterly  to  be  used  of  all  the  islands  and  various  settlements 
  on  the  sea-coasts  which  they  had  occupied,  and  then  of  the 
  people  who  succeeded  them  when  the  Phoenician  power  decayed. 
  Hence  it  designates  generally  the  islands  and  coasts  of  the 
  Mediterranean  and  the  races  that  inhabit  them