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.
Colossians 4:9, 18, Philemon 1:10, 25
Profit bearer, bringing profit
Onesiphorus was a Christian who lived in Ephesus. He greatly aided Paul during the apostle's initial evangelism of the city.
2Timothy 1:16, 4:19
1Chronicles 8:12, Ezra 2:33, Nehemiah 6:2, 11:35
Reducing to ashes
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.
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
Fawn, female fawn
Joshua 18:23, Judges 6:11, 24, 8:27, 32, 9:5, 1Samuel 13:17, 1Chronicles 4:14
Judges 7:25, 8:3, Psalm 83:11, Isaiah 10:26
Light was perpetuated, strong
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.
1Chronicles 21, 2Chronicles 3:1
Ruth 1:4, 14
Joshua is referred to as Oshea in Numbers 13:8, 16.
Numbers 13:8, 16
Lion of Jehovah, force, forcible
Force of God, lion of God
Joshua 15:17, Judges 1:13, 3:9, 11, 1Chronicles 4:13, 27:15
I shall hasten them, to be strong
Ozem was the name of one of King David's brothers.
1Chronicles 2:15, 25
Strength of Jehovah
Ozias is the New Testament Greek form for the name Uzziah.
Matthew 1:8 - 9
Having quick ears, my ear