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RACAL (rā'căl, Heb. rākhāl). A place in the Negev of Judah where David and his men roamed as fugitives from the relentless Saul (1Sam.30.29). David sent spoil from Ziklag to some of its leading men.

RACAL rā’ kăl (רָכָ֗ל, trade, commerce). A place in S Judah to which David sent some of the booty he got from Ziklag (1 Sam 30:29; KJV RACHAL). LXX B reads “Carmel”; and there is good reason to think that this is the correct reading.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A place in Judah, enumerated among "the places where David himself and his men were wont to haunt," to the elders of which he sent a share of his spoils (1Sa 30:29). The Septuagint reading "Carmel" has been adopted, by many, because of the similarity of the words in Hebrew (rakal and karmel) and because there was a Carmel in the neighborhood of Hebron (Jos 15:55; 1Sa 15:12), which figures in the story of David’s adventures when pursued by Saul (1Sa 25) in a manner that makes it improbable that he would overlook the place in his good fortune (the King James Version "Rachal").

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