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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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A king mentioned in the superscription to Proverbs 31 , which is addressed to him by his mother. Various theories have been proposed in explanation of the superscription. Cheyne reads "Jerahmeel." Others (e.g. , Wildeboer) join the phrase "Lemuel the king" with the following word, "massa" (A. V., following the Masoretic punctuation, "prophecy"), which they take as a proper name, and read "King of Massa," an Ishmaelite people (Genesis 25:14 ). Toy ("Proverbs," p. 539) rejects this together with any symbolical interpretation. The word "Lemuel," like "Lael," means "Godward" (comp. Gray, "Hebrew Proper Names," p. 207, s.v. "Nemuel").

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Lemuel'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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