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Bible Names N-Z: Zophar


Zophar in Easton's Bible Dictionary chirping, one of Job's friends who came to condole with him in his distress (Job 2:11. The LXX. render here "king of the Mineans" = Ma'in, Maonites, Judg. 10:12, in Southern Arabia). He is called a Naamathite, or an inhabitant of some unknown place called Naamah.

Zophar in Fausset's Bible Dictionary The Naamathite (some region in Arabia Deserta); one of Job's three friends (Job 2:11; Job 11:1; Job 20:1; Job 42:9).

Zophar in Hitchcock's Bible Names rising early; crown

Zophar in Naves Topical Bible -One of Job's three friends Job 2:11; 11; 20; 42:7-9

Zophar in Smiths Bible Dictionary (sparrow), one of the three friends of Job. Job 2:11; 11:1; 20:1; 42:9

Zophar in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE zo'-far (tsphar, meaning doubtful, supposed from root meaning "to leap"; Sophar): One of the three friends of Job who, hearing of his affliction, make an appointment together to visit and comfort him. He is from the tribe of Naamah, a tribe and place otherwise unknown, for as all the other friends and Job himself are from lands outside of Israel, it is not likely that this place was identical with Naamah in the West of Judah (Josh 15:41). He speaks but twice (Job 11; 20); by his silence the 3rd time the writer seems to intimate that with Bildad's third speech (Job 25; see under BILDAD) the friends' arguments are exhausted. He is the most impetuous and dogmatic of the three (compare Job 11:2,3; 20:2,3); stung to passionate response by Job's presumption in maintaining that he is wronged and is seeking light from God. His words are in a key of intensity amounting to reckless exaggeration. He is the first to accuse Job directly of wickedness; averring indeed that his punishment is too good for him (11:6); he rebukes Job's impious presumption in trying to find out the unsearchable secrets of God (11:7-12); and yet, like the rest of the friends, promises peace and restoration on condition of penitence and putting away iniquity (11:13-19). Even from this promise, however, he reverts to the fearful peril of the wicked (11:20); and in his 2nd speech, outdoing the others, he presses their lurid description of the wicked man's woes to the extreme (20:5-29), and calls forth a straight contradiction from Job, who, not in wrath, but in dismay, is constrained by loyalty to truth to acknowledge things as they are. Zophar seems designed to represent the wrong- headedness of the odium theologicum. John Franklin Genung

Zophar in Wikipedia In the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Book of Job, Zophar or Tzofar (צוֹפַר "Chirping; rising early", Standard Hebrew Ẓofar, Tiberian Hebrew Ṣp̄ar) the Naamathite is one of the friends of Job who visits to comfort him during his illness. His comments can be found in chapters 11 and 20. He suggests that Job's suffering could be divine punishment, and goes into great detail about the consequences of living a life of sin.

Zophar Scripture - Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Zophar Scripture - Job 2:11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

Zophar Scripture - Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite [and] Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

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