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Caulker
Calkers • Caulkers
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Caulker
Caulker. One who works some waterproofing substance such as bitumen into the seams of a ship’s planking to make them watertight.See Trades and Occupations.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Caulkers; Caulking
Caulkers; Caulking [Heb. maḥazîqê beḏeq]; AV CALKERS; Only in Ezk. 27:9, 27 is the hiphil participle of ḥāzaq, “strengthen, repair,” translated “caulkers” because they “repair the seams,” of the ship. Most commentators regard these men more generally as “ship carpenters” whose various responsibilities
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Caulk, Caulker
CAULK, CAULKER A waterproofing substance, such as bitumen, and the one who puts it into the seams of a ship’s planking to make them watertight (Ez 27:9, kjv “calker”).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Caulkers
caulkers, in the Bible, men from Byblos (Gebal, Ezek. 27:9) or Tyre (Ezek. 27:27) whose work was making ships watertight. Materials used may have been bitumen or pitch, and some type of fiber binder to plug seams between planks. The references to caulkers in the Bible occur in a lamentation over Tyre
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Caulkers
CaulkersTradesmen (Heb. maḥăzɩ̂qê biḏqēḵ, “those who strengthen your breach”) skilled in repairing large leaks in marine vessels (Ezek. 27:9, 27). The task would have involved the use of bitumen or pitch (cf. Gen. 6:14). More precisely, these workers were ships’ carpenters, a trade centered at
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Caulkers
Caulkers (Heb. maḥazîqê biḏqēḵ “those who strengthen your breach”). Tradesmen skilled in repairing large leaks in marine vessels (Ezek. 27:9, 27; KJV “calkers”); the task would have involved the use of bitumen or pitch (cf. Gen. 6:14). More precisely, these workers were ships’ carpenters, a
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Calkers
Calkersworkmen skilled in stopping the seams of the deck or sides of vessels. The inhabitants of Gebel were employed in such work on Tyrian vessels (Ezek. 27:9, 27; marg., “strengtheners” or “stoppers of chinks”).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Caulkers
Caulkerscaulkers (kjv: ‘calkers’), men from Byblos (Gebal, Ezek. 27:9) or Tyre (Ezek. 27:27) whose work was making ships watertight. Materials used may have been bitumen and some fiber binder to plug seams between planks.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Calkers, Calking
CALKERS, CALKING Those who place some substance like bitumen into the seams of a ship’s planking to make it watertight (Ezek. 27:9, 27). See Bitumen.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CAULKERS
CAULKERS [מַהֲזִיקִיםmahaziqim; ἐνισχύον enischuon]. Seamen charged with the task of maintaining the integrity of a wooden sailing ship. The term is a participle meaning “those who make strong,” and the LXX interprets it to refer to those who “strengthen the purpose” of the leaders of the sailing
Key passages
Eze 27:9

The elders of Gebal and its skilled men were among you as the repairers of the seam of your boat; all of the ships of the sea and their mariners were among you to barter your wares.