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HEBREW: 3309 eypy Yaphiya`
NAVE: Japhia
EBD: Japhia
Jannes And Jambres, Book Of | Janoah | Janohah | Japhet | Japheth | Japhia | Japhleli | Japhlet | Japhleti | Japhletite | Jar


In Bible versions:

king of Lachish in Joshua's time
a place marking part of the border of Zebulun
son of David

enlightening; appearing
Google Maps: Japhia (32° 41´, 35° 16´)


Strongs #03309: eypy Yaphiya`

Japhia = "shining"

n pr loc
1) a town on the border of Zebulun and Issachar
1a) perhaps modern 'Yafa'

n pr m
2) the king of Lachish at the time of the conquest of Canaan by Joshua
3) a son of David by a concubine

3309 Yaphiya` yaw-fee'-ah

from 3313; bright; Japhia, the name of a Canaanite, an
Israelite, and a place in Palestine:-Japhia.
see HEBREW for 03313

Japhia [EBD]

splendid. (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 south-west of Nazareth.

Japhia [NAVE]

1. King of Lachish, Josh. 10:3.
2. A town of Zebulun, Josh. 19:12.
3. A son of David, 2 Sam. 5:15; 1 Chr. 3:7; 14:6.


(splended) The boundary of Zebulun ascended from Daberath to Japhia, and thence passed to Gath-hepher. (Joshua 19:12) Yafa , two miles south of Nazareth. ,is not unlikely to be identical with Japhin.


  1. King of Lachish at the time of the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites. (Joshua 10:3) (B.C. 1450.)
  2. One of the sons of David born to him in Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 5:15; 1 Chronicles 3:7; 14:6) (B.C. 1046.)


JAPHIA (1) - ja-fi'-a, jaf'-i-a (yaphia`, perhaps "tall"; compare Arabic; Iephtha):

(1) King of Lachish, one of the 5 "kings of the Amorites" who allied themselves together in an expedition against Gibeon on account of its treaty with the Israelites (Josh 10:3-5). After their discomfiture by Joshua in the battle of Beth-horon (10:10), "one of the most important in the history of the world" (Stanley), they fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah (10:16). As Joshua passed, he was informed of this, but, unwilling to delay his pursuit of the fugitives, he ordered great stones to be rolled unto the mouth of the cave, leaving a guard in charge (10:17 f). On the completion of his victory, Joshua returned to Makkedah and commanded the Israelites to bring forth the imprisoned kings, and summoned the chiefs of his army to plant their feet upon their necks. Then he put them to death; and after he had hung their bodies on 5 trees, he ordered the Israelites in the evening to take them down and cast them into the cave (10:22-27).

(2) Septuagint Iephies, Iaphie): One of the sons of David who were born to him at Jerusalem (2 Sam 5:15; 1 Ch 3:7; 14:6).

James Crichton


JAPHIA (2) - ja-fi'-a, jaf'-i-a (yaphia`): A town on the southern boundary of Zebulun named with Chisloth-tabor and Daberath (Josh 19:12). It is represented by the modern Yafa, about 1 1/2 miles Southwest of Nazareth, near the foot of the hills. It was one of the places fortified by Josephus (Vita, 45; BJ, II, xx, 6).

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