Ezel

EZEL (ē'zĕl, Heb. hā’āzel, departure). The stone near Saul’s house that marked the final meeting place of David and Jonathan (1Sam.20.19).


EZEL ē’ zəl (אֵ֖צֶל). According to MT of 1 Samuel 20:19, the name of a stone (so KJV). But LXX (and RSV) understand this as a mistake for “yonder cairn,” a reading requiring only the transposition of two letters in Heb.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(ha-’azel; Septuagint para to ergab ekeino):

As it stands, the narrative in 1Sa 20:19 records the tryst of Jonathan with David at the stone Ezel. The name occurs only here. There is general agreement that the text is corrupt, but there is no agreement as to how it should be restored. The Septuagint reads "this mound" (the Revised Version (British and American), margin), or "yonder cairn"; and in 1Sa 20:41 instead of "out of a place toward the South" it reads "from beside the mound" or "cairn." Dr. Cheyne suggests "yonder juniper tree" (Encyclopaedia Biblica, under the word).