The word devir occurs in the Bible both as the name of a city that was also
called Kiryas Sefer (Joshua, Judges) and in connection with the Holy of Holies
in the Temple (Kings, Chronicles, Psalms). It is possible that the word has
a connection with "oracle" (from the root DBR, "speaking"); but the name of
the city is usually derived from other roots (e.g., from DBR, "leading"), and
most of the commentaries explain the devir in the Temple as a partition (an
entrance that "leads" into the Holy of Holies).
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