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International Standard Bible EncyclopediaITHIEL AND UCAL
('ithi'el we'ukhal): Names of the two men to whom Agur the son of Jakeh spoke his words (Proverbs 30:1). The purport of introducing these persons is strange and obscure; the margin proposes therefore, by the use of a different pointing, to read the verse, "The man said, I have wearied myself, O God, I have wearied myself, O God, and am consumed," thus doing away with the proper names; a reading which corresponds not inaptly with the tone of the succeeding verses.
u'-kal ('ukhal (see below)): This name occurs along with that of Ithiel (Proverbs 30:1), both being taken by older interpreters as those of ancient sages. Some have suggested (see Toy, Proverbs, 519) that Ucal might be the "Caleol" of 1 Kings 4:31 (Hebrew 5:11). Ucal was also explained as "I can," i.e. "I can maintain my obedience to God," just as Ithiel was taken to be "signs of God." Septuagint, Aquila, Theodotion do not take the words as proper names, and so BDB with others point this word as a vb., "(and) I am consumed" (wa'ekhel, for we'ukhal). The last three words of the verse are then translated "I have wearied myself, O God, I have wearied myself, O God, and am consumed."
Strong's Hebrew401. Ukal -- an Israelite name
... 400, 401. Ukal. 402 . an Israelite name. Transliteration: Ukal Phonetic Spelling:
(oo-kawl') Short Definition: Ucal. ... name NASB Word Usage Ucal (1). Ucal. ...
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A Homily for Humble Folks
The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
Hitchcock's Bible Names DictionaryUcal
Smith's Bible DictionaryUcal
(I am strong). According to the received text of (Proverbs 30:1) Ithiel and Ucal must be regarded as proper names; and if so, they must be the names of disciples or sons of Agur the son of Jakeh, an unknown sage among the Hebrews. But there is great obscurity about the passage. Ewald considers both Ithiel and Ucal as symbolical names, employed by the poet to designate two classes of thinkers to whom he addresses himself.
Easton's Bible DictionaryThe name of a person to whom Agur's words are addressed (Proverbs 30:1).
ThesaurusUcal (1 Occurrence)
... 1). Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ITHIEL AND UCAL. ('ithi ... verses. See AGUR;
PROVERBS, THE BOOK OF, II, 6. John Franklin Genung. UCAL. u ...
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Tzade (1 Occurrence)
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Bible ConcordanceUcal (1 Occurrence)
Proverbs 30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle: the man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
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