Onesimus to Ozni
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Onesimus
Profitable
Strong's #G3682
Onesimus was an educated slave of Philemon. After stealing from his master, he flees to Rome and finds the Apostle Paul. After hearing the gospel, Onesimus repents and becomes a Christian.

Paul, believing the best thing Onesimus could do was return to his master, writes the book of Philemon. This short letter asks his dear friend to forgive his slave and treat him with the same respect as a fellow Christian.

Read our article on how Paul used a humorous play on words to plead his case for mercy toward Onesimus.

References
Colossians 4:9, 18, Philemon 1:10, 25

Additional Study:

Onesiphorus
Profit bearer, bringing profit
Strong's #G3683
Onesiphorus was a Christian who lived in Ephesus. He greatly aided Paul during the apostle's initial evangelism of the city.

References
2Timothy 1:16, 4:19

Ono
Vigorous, strong
Strong's #H207

References
1Chronicles 8:12, Ezra 2:33, Nehemiah 6:2, 11:35

Ophel
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Ophir
Reducing to ashes
Strong's #H211
Ophir, through his father Joktan, was one of the descendants of Shem who survived the flood.

Ophir is also the ancient Biblical location where deposits of high quality gold were known to exist. Tyre's King Hiram, as well as Israelite Kings David, Solomon and Jehoshaphat, sent men to retrieve this precious metal from the area. Although Scripture does not specify exactly where such gold was mined, the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia states the most probable location was the western coast of Arabia.

The Jerusalem Talmud states that there were seven kinds of gold. These were good gold, pure gold (like that from Ophir), precious, gold from Uphaz, purified, refined, and Parvaim's red gold.

References
Genesis 10:29, 1Kings 9:28, 10:11, 22:48, 1Chronicles 1:23, 29:4, 2Chronicles 8:18, 9:10, Job 22:24, 28:16, Psalm 45:9, Isaiah 13:12

Additional Study:

Ophni
Mouldy
Strong's #H6078

References
Joshua 18:24

Ophrah
Fawn, female fawn
Strong's #H6084

References
Joshua 18:23, Judges 6:11, 24, 8:27, 32, 9:5, 1Samuel 13:17, 1Chronicles 4:14

Oreb
Raven
Strong's #H6159

References
Judges 7:25, 8:3, Psalm 83:11, Isaiah 10:26

Orion
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Ornan
Light was perpetuated, strong
Strong's #H771
The alternate name for Ornan is Araunah (Strong's #H728 which means, "joyful shouting to Jah," 2Samuel 24).

Ornan the Jebusite, upon the request of David, sold him his threshing floor so that the king could set up an altar to God. The land, bought with six hundred shekels of gold, would later be the place where King Solomon would build Jerusalem's magnificant temple.

References
1Chronicles 21, 2Chronicles 3:1

Orpah
Gazelle, mane
Strong's #H6204

References
Ruth 1:4, 14

Oshea
Deliverer, salvation
Strong's #H1954
Joshua is referred to as Oshea in Numbers 13:8, 16.

References
Numbers 13:8, 16

Othni
Lion of Jehovah, force, forcible
Strong's #H6273

References
1Chronicles 26:7

Othniel
Force of God, lion of God
Strong's #H6274

References
Joshua 15:17, Judges 1:13, 3:9, 11, 1Chronicles 4:13, 27:15

Ozem
I shall hasten them, to be strong
Strong's #H684
Ozem was the name of one of King David's brothers.

References
1Chronicles 2:15, 25

Ozias
Strength of Jehovah
Strong's #G3604
Ozias is the New Testament Greek form for the name Uzziah.

References
Matthew 1:8 - 9

Ozni
Having quick ears, my ear
Strong's #H244

References
Numbers 26:16

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