or Kittim, a plural form (Gen. 10:4), the name of a branch of the descendants of Javan, the "son" of Japheth. Balaam foretold (Num. 24:24) "that ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and afflict Eber." Daniel prophesied (11:30) that the ships of Chittim would come against the king of the north. It probably denotes Cyprus, whose ancient capital was called Kition by the Greeks. The references elsewhere made to Chittim (Isa. 23:1, 12; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6) are to be explained on the ground that while the name originally designated the Phoenicians only, it came latterly to be used of all the islands and various settlements on the sea-coasts which they had occupied, and then of the people who succeeded them when the Phoenician power decayed. Hence it designates generally the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean and the races that inhabit them.
The Ashurites made benches of ivory for this ship; the ivory was brought from the isles of chittim (Cyprus, etc.).
Those ships of chittim, too, have a great and glorious future before them.
Kittim, or chittim, was the name applied to the island of Cyprus, of which one of the cities was called Kitium.
The name chittim was also loosely given by the Hebrews to the shores and isles of the Mediterranean.
For pass over the isles of chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
From the isles of chittim unto Kedar—the limits of the Semitic world.
chittim, the classical Citium, a Phœnician colony in Cyprus.
Pass over the isles of chittim and see, and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be any such thing.
For the ships of chittim shall come, with an embassy from Rome, against him.
Many times, too, I had heard amongst Phœnicians how a deluge had detached the isle of chittim from the mainland.