Javan (Jay´vuhn)

1 The fourth son of Japheth (Gen 10:2; 1Chr 1:15). His name, like the names of the fifth (Tubal) and sixth (Meshech) sons, also became the name for the area he settled, 2 below. 2 A region in Asia Minor (Gk. Ionia). In the passage in Isaiah, Javan and Tubal are specifically referred to as “coastlands.” In the latter passage, a famous lament, Ezekiel states that Javan, Tubal, and Meshech trafficked with Tyre in slaves and vessels of bronze. Ionia was located between Aeolia and Doria. Famous cities of Javan (Ionia) were Miletus, Ephesus, Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11), and Magnesia. 3 A name for Greece overall, hence in (Joel 3:6) the “Greeks” are literally the “sons of Javan,” and in (Dan 8:21) “the king of Javan” is Alexander the Great. “Javan” also means “Greece” in (Zech 9:13; Dan 10:20; and Dan 11:2).

Gen 10:2

2The descendants of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

1Chr 1:15

15the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites,

Rev 2:8-11

The Message to Smyrna
8“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:9“I know yo ... View more

Joel 3:6

6You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border.

Dan 8:21

21The male goat is the king of Greece, and the great horn between its eyes is the first king.

Zech 9:13

13For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will arouse your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior's s ... View more

Dan 10:20

20Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Gree ... View more

Dan 11:2

2“Now I will announce the truth to you. Three more kings shall arise in Persia. The fourth shall be far richer than all of them, and when he has become strong t ... View more

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