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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Lemuel

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lem´ū́ - el ( למוּאל , lemū'el , or למואל , lemō'ēl ): A king whose words, an "oracle (taught him by his mother)," are given in Proverbs 31:1-9 ; and possibly the succeeding acrostic poem (31:10-31) is from the same source. Instead of translating the word after this name as "oracle" some propose to leave it as a proper name, translating "king of Massa," and referring for his kingdom to Massa (Genesis 25:14 ), one of the sons of Ishmael, supposedly head of a tribe or sheikh of a country. It is to be noted, however, that the words of Agur in the previous chapter are similarly called massā' , "oracle" with not so clear a reason for referring it to a country. See for a suggested reason for retaining the meaning "oracle" in both places, PROVERBS , BOOK OF , II., 6.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Lemuel'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/l/lemuel.html. 1915.

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