Fausset's Bible Dictionary
A man of Judah, descended from Zerah (1 Chronicles 2:6). Probably identical with Chalcol or Calcol, the same in the Hebrew, one of the four wise men whom Solomon exceeded (1 Kings 4:31). He and Darda or Dara are called "the sons of Mahol," i.e. of the choir; they were the famous musicians, two of whom are named in the titles of Psalm 88 and Psalm 89. However, if Mahol is a proper name, he is their immediate father, Zerah their ancestor, of the great family of Pharez of Judah.
Holman Bible Dictionary
(cal cahl) Personal name of uncertain meaning. Wise man who served as comparison for Solomon's unsurpassed wisdom (1 Kings 4:30 ). 1 Chronicles 2:6 makes him a grandson of Judah, the son of Jacob.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
CALCOL . A, Judahite, adescendant of Zerah ( 1 Chronicles 2:6 ), otherwise described in 1 Kings 4:31 (where AV [Note: Authorized Version.] has Chalcol ) as a son of Mahol, famous for wisdom, but surpassed by Solomon.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
Son of Zerah, descendant of Judah. 1 Chronicles 2:6 . Probably the same as CHALCOL in 1 Kings 4:31 , the Hebrew letters being the same.
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1 Chronicles 2:6 ), sustenance, the same probably as Chalcol (1 Kings 4:31 ), one of the four sages whom Solomon excelled in wisdom; for "he was wiser than all men."
- (chal' cahl) KJV spelling for Calcol
in 1 Kings 4:31 . See Calcol
- Probably the same as Calcol
- Mentioned with Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, and Calcol
as a son of Mahol, and a proverbial type of wisdom, but yet surpassed by Solomon ( 1 Kings 4:31 )
- Probably identical with Chalcol or Calcol
, the same in the Hebrew, one of the four wise men whom Solomon exceeded (1 Kings 4:31)
Wisdom of Solomon
- Josephus resorts where possible to such expedients as substituting ‘aegisthe’ for ‘Haggith,’ ‘Chalkeus’ for ‘Calcol
,’ in order to deal with this difficulty