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Smith's Bible Dictionary

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Jacob's well
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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
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Well -

Wells in Palestine are usually excavated from the solid limestone rock, sometimes with steps to descend into them. (Genesis 24:16) The brims are furnished with a curb or low wall of stone, bearing marks of high antiquity in the furrows worn by the ropes used in drawing water. It was on a curb of this sort that our Lord sat when he conversed with the woman of Samaria, (John 4:6) and it was this, the usual stone cover, which the woman placed on the mouth of the well at Bahurim, (2 Samuel 17:19) where the Authorized Version weakens the sense by omitting the article. The usual methods for raising water are the following:

  1. The rope and bucket, or waterskin. (Genesis 24:14-20; John 4:11)
  2. The sakiyeh , or Persian wheel. This consists of a vertical wheel furnished with a set of buckets or earthen jars attached to a cord passing over the wheel. which descend empty and return full as the wheel revolves.
  3. A modification of the last method, by which a man, sitting opposite to a wheel furnished with buckets, turns it by drawing with his hands one set of spokes prolonged beyond its circumference, and pushing another set from him with his feet.
  4. A method very common in both ancient and modern Egypt is the shadoof , a simple contrivance consisting of a lever moving on a pivot, which is loaded at one end with a lump of clay or some other weight, and has at the other a bowl or bucket. Wells are usually furnished with troughs of wood or stone into which the water is emptied for the use of persons or animals coming to the wells. Unless machinery is used, which is commonly worked by men, women are usually the water-carriers.

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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Well'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".
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