Libya (Lib´ee-uh)

The portion of the north African coast on the Mediterranean Sea just west of Egypt. Ezekiel expected its destruction (Ezek 30:5) together with that of Egypt and its neighbors. Its language was heard at Pentecost (Acts 2:10). Its people participated in the invasion of Judah led by Pharaoh Shishak of Egypt (2Chr 2:12) against Rehoboam about 918 BCE. Similar forces were later defeated by Asa of Judah (2Chr 16:8). Daniel (Dan 11:43) saw Libyans serving the “king of the north” together with Egyptians and Ethiopians, and Nahum recalled their alliance with Egypt against Assyria’s invasion (Nah 3:9).

Ezek 30:5

5Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the allied land shall fall with them by the sword.

Acts 2:10

10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

2Chr 2:12

12Huram also said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding ... View more

2Chr 16:8

8Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with exceedingly many chariots and cavalry? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand ... View more

Dan 11:43

43He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the riches of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train.

Nah 3:9

9Ethiopia was her strength,
Egypt too, and that without limit;
Put and the Libyans were her helpers.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.