………….(a) After the Hebrew  יׇכֹל (yahkōl) able.

Psa. 21:11—“They imagined a mischievous device,
which they are not able to perform

Psa. 101:5—“Him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer,”
i.e., I am not able to bear.



Isa. 1:13—“The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies,
I cannot away with,”
i.e., I am not able to endure. See Jer. 44:22.

Psa. 139:6—“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Here the Ellipsis is properly supplied: i.e., I am not able to attain unto it.

Hos. 8:5—“How long will it be ere they attain to innocency?”
i.e., how long ere they are able to practise innocency?

1 Cor. 3:2—“I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:
for hitherto ye were not able to bear it,”
i.e., to eat, or partake of it, or, to digest it.

From “Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible” by Dr. E. W. Bullinger,
(Public Domain) pages 36-37. Amended for website compatibility. See original at

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