🔼The name Chephirah in the Bible
The town of Chephirah belonged to the Gibeonites, prior to Joshua's conquest of Canaan (Joshua 9:17). The Gibeonites had heard what Israel had done to Jericho and Ai and decided to trick Joshua into leniency. They donned the oldest clothes they could find, met with Joshua at Gilgal and made him believe that their clothes were new when they had left their homes.
Their request for peace was granted, but when the elders discovered that they had been duped, they made the Gibeonites slaves for the rest of their existence. Their cities Gibeon, Chephirah and Beeroth were assigned to the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 18:26). Their fourth city, Kiriath-jearim, went to Judah (Joshua 15:60).
🔼Etymology of the name Chephirah
The name Chephirah may be derived from any of the verbs כפר (kapar):
For a meaning of the name Chephirah, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names simply read Village.