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ATS Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Adraitic sea & Ahava river
Nile, River flood
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
Jordan, The River
Nile, The River
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
River of Egypt
River of Gad
River of God
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Kishon River
Rehoboth by the River
River of Egypt
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
River of Egypt
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Egypt, Brook (river, Stream) of
Rehoboth By the River
River of Egypt
River, the (great)
Greek - river, River, rivers, riverside
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river, rivers
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river, rivers
Hebrew - river
Hebrew - river, river side, Euphrates river, rivers

This word answers in our Bible to various Hebrew terms, of which the principal are the following:

1. Yeor, an Egyptian word signifying river. It is always applied to the Nile and its various canals, except in Job 28:10 Daniel 12:5,6,7 2. Nahar, applied, like our word river, to constantly flowing streams, such as the Euphrates. In our version this word is sometimes rendered "flood," Joshua 24:2,3, etc.

3. Nahal, a torrent-bed, or valley through which water flows in the rainy season only, Numbers 34:5, etc; frequently rendered "brook," Numbers 13:28 Job 6:15, etc. Such streams are to the orientals striking emblems of inconstancy and faithlessness. Flowing only in the rainy season, and drying up when the summer heat sets in-and some of them in desert places failing prematurely-they sadly disappoint the thirsty and perhaps perishing traveller who has looked forward to them with longing and with hope, Job 6:15-20 Jeremiah 15:18.

In some passages in our Bible the word "rivers" seems to denote rivulets or canals, to conduct hither and thither small streams of water from a tank or fountain, Ezekiel 31:4. Such conduits were easily turned by moulding the soil with the foot; and some think this is the idea in Deuteronomy 11:10; "where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs." See also Proverbs 21:1.

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'RIVER'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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