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Bible Meaning: Circle, circular
Strong's Concordance #H2341

Two men are named Havilah in the Bible. The first is one of the sons of Cush which makes him a descendant of Noah's son Ham (Genesis 10:6 - 7). The second was a descendant of Noah's son Shem through Joktan (Genesis 10:29).

Two locations named Havilah are also found in Scripture. The first was an area, near the Garden of Eden, that was watered by the river Pison. It was famous for its high quality gold as well as its beautiful onyx stones.

The second Havilah was one of the locations populated by the descendants of Ishmael (Genesis 25:16 - 18) and the place where King Saul won a military victory against Israel's enemy the Amalekites (1Samuel 15:7).

Important Verses


Genesis 10:6 - 7
And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush: Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha . . .

Genesis 10:29
And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.


Genesis 2:10 - 12
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold: and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

Genesis 25:16, 18
These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations . . .

And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he (Ishmael) died in the presence of all his brethren.

1Samuel 15:7
And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

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