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Agur
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Listed as author of Prov 30:1–33. Whether “Agur” is intended as a proper name is not certain—neither Agur nor Jakeh are ever mentioned elsewhere. Agur may mean “gatherer”; Midrash Proverbs takes this as a epithet for Solomon, who “gathered” wisdom.His prayer for moderation and honesty is one of the best-known passages in the later part of the book (Prov 30:7–9).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Agur, Son of Jakeh
Agur, Son of Jakeh (אָגוּר‎, agur). Listed as author of Prov 30:1–33. Whether “Agur” is intended as a proper name is not certain—neither Agur nor Jakeh are ever mentioned elsewhere. Agur may mean “gatherer”; Midrash Proverbs takes this as a epithet for Solomon, who “gathered” wisdom.His prayer for moderation
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Agur
AGUR. (PERSON) [Heb ʾāgûr (אָגוּר)]. The son of Jakeh, and author of a collection of Proverbs beginning in Prov 30:1. It remains unclear whether the pericope ends with the conclusion of the chapter or at an earlier point (verse 14?). See McKane Proverbs OTL, 643 for discussion. Cohen (Proverbs SonB,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Agur
Agur. Jakeh’s son. Although not an Israelite, he wrote or collected the sayings in Proverbs 30. Agur was from Massa (Prv 30:1), an area of northern Arabia evidently settled by a son of Ishmael (Gn 25:14; 1 Chr 1:30).See Proverbs, Book of.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Agur
Agur āʹgər [Heb. ’āg̱ûr; Akk. agāru; Ugar. agr]. A contributor of proverbs, mentioned in Prov. 30:1, otherwise unknown. (The LXX and Vulgate renderings even suggest uncertainty that this is a proper name.) The “Prayer of Agur” in Prov. 30:7–9, expressing a golden mean of practicality, is the best
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Agur
AGUR Jakeh’s son. Although not an Israelite, he wrote or collected the sayings in Proverbs 30. Agur was from Massa (Prv 30:1), an area of northern Arabia evidently settled by a son of Ishmael (Gn 25:14; 1 Chr 1:30). See Proverbs, Book of.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Agur
Agur (Heb. ʾāg̱ûr)An author or collector of proverbs (Prov. 30:1); the son of Jakeh of Massa. He was probably a compatriot of Lemuel the king of Massa (Prov. 31:1).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Agur
Agur [āˊgər] (Heb. ˒ag̱ûr, probably “hireling”). An author or collector of proverbs (Prov. 30:1) and the son of Jakeh of Massa. He was probably a compatriot of Lemuel the king of Massa (31:1).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Agur
AGUR The son of Jakeh and the author (or assembler) of a collection of proverbs (Prov 31:1). He was from the same land as Lemuel, king of Massa (Prov 31:1).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Agur
A´gur (a gatherer, i.e., together of wise men), the son of Jakeh, an unknown Hebrew sage, who uttered or collected the sayings of wisdom recorded in Prov. 30.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Agur
A´GUR (aʹgūr; “gathered”). The author of the sayings contained in Prov. 30, which the inscription describes as being composed of the precepts delivered by “Agur the son of Jakeh.” Beyond this, everything that has been stated of him, and of the time in which he lived, is pure conjecture.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Agur
Agurgatherer; the collector, mentioned as author of the sayings in Prov. 30. Nothing is known of him beyond what is there recorded.
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Jakeh Father