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Chittim Kittim


Chit’tim, Kit’tim (bruisers), a family or race descended from Javan. Gen. 10:4; 1 Chron. 1:7. Authorized Version Kittim. Chittim is frequently noticed in Scripture. Num. 24:24; Isa. 23:1, 12; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6; Dan. 11:30. In the above passages, the “isles of Chittim,” the “ships of Chittim,” the “coasts of Chittim,” are supposed to refer to the island of Cyprus. Josephus considered Cyprus the original seat of the Chittim. The name Chittim, which in the first instance had applied to Phœnicians only, passed over to the islands which they had occupied, and thence to the people who succeeded the Phœnicians in the occupation of them.