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Japhia

Meaning: splendid

The name of two biblical men and one town…

  1. The king of Lachish, who joined in the confederacy against Joshua (Josh. 10:3), and was defeated and slain. In one of the Amarna tablets he speaks of himself as king of Gezer. Called also Horam (Josh. 10:33).

  2. One of the sons of David (2 Sam. 5:15), born in Jerusalem.

  3. A town in the southern boundary of Zebulum (Josh. 19:12); now Yafa, 2 miles southwest of Nazareth.