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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Jacob's well
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
Dragon well
Jacob's Well
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Harod, The Well of
Jacob's Well
Sirah, The Well of
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jacobs Well
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Cistern, Well, Pool, Aqueduct
Dragon Well
Harod, Well of
Jackal's Well
Jacob's Well
Sirah, Well of
Well, Jacob's
Greek - well beloved
Greek - well
Greek - do well, well doing
Greek - well doing
Greek - do well
Greek - full well
Greek - well
Greek - well then
Greek - very well
Greek - be well pleased, am well content, am well-pleased, well-pleased
Greek - well-pleasing
Greek - please well, well pleasing, well-pleasing
Greek - be well pleased
Greek - well, well done
Greek - well-fed
Greek - know well, well-known
Greek - well known
Greek - well
Greek - well
Greek - well
Greek - there as well
Greek - well
Greek - very well
Greek - well doing
Greek - full well, well, very well, well enough
Greek - as well as
Greek - as well as
Greek - speaking well, well spoken
Greek - have well drunk
Greek - well
Greek - be well stricken
Greek - well
Greek - get well, made well
Greek - well
Greek - well
Greek - well
Hebrew - well-conceived
Hebrew - know well, knows well, very well know, well aware
Hebrew - well-driven
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well, very well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well-fed
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - mark well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well, deals well, do it well, do well, done well, go well, goes well, well you prepare
Hebrew - did well, done well, go well, well, well-off
Hebrew - well, very well, well off
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - very well, well
Hebrew - the well of Harod
Hebrew - wellbeloved, well-beloved
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - boil the well
Hebrew - well, well-being
Hebrew - Dragon's Well
Hebrew - well-set hair
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - look well, looks well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well watered
Hebrew - well-watered
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - one as well as another
Hebrew - well-mixed
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well, well's, wells
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well-fortified
Hebrew - well remember
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well, wellspring
Hebrew - well-hewn stone
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - well then
Hebrew - well
Hebrew - the well Lahairoi

A source of water created by digging in the earth to find available water. In the semiarid climate of ancient Israel, the availability of water was a constant concern, the Bible contains many references to the sources used for obtaining it. Several Hebrew words are used in different contexts to denote these sources, making it sometimes difficult to know which English word to use in translation. See Cistern; Fountain; Pit; Spring; Water.

The Hebrew word most commonly translated “well” is beer (Genesis 21:30-31; Numbers 21:16-18). Beer also occurs in several place names indicating the location of important wells: Beer (Numbers 21:16); Beer-elim (Isaiah 15:8); Beeroth (Deuteronomy 10:6); Beer-lahai-roi (Genesis 16:14); Beer-sheba (Genesis 21:31).

The digging of a well could be a time for celebration (Numbers 21:17-18), but wells were also fought over as different people tried to control the precious resource (Genesis 21:25-26; Genesis 26:15-22; Exodus 2:16-17). Wells were located wherever a water source could be found. This included fields (Genesis 29:2), towns (2 Samuel 23:15), and the wilderness (Genesis 16:7,Genesis 16:14).

“Well” is also used figuratively of a harlot (Proverbs 23:27 NRSV) and of a wicked city (Jeremiah 6:7). Elsewhere it is used as a metaphor for sexual pleasure (Proverbs 5:15; see Song of Solomon 4:15).

John C. H. Laughlin

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'WELL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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