(juh fi' uh) Place and personal name meaning, “place situated high above” or “may He bring shining light.” 1. Border town of tribal territory of Zebulun (Joshua 19:3). In the Amarna Letters, the Egyptian pharaoh required the town to supply forced laborers after Labayu of Shechem destroyed Shunem. It is modern Yafa, southwest of Nazareth. 2. King of Lachish who joined southern coalition against Joshua and met death by cave of Makkedah (Joshua 10:1-27,Joshua 10:31-32). 3. Son born to David in Jerusalem by unnamed wife (2 Samuel 5:15).
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