Cistern in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the rendering of a Hebrew word _bor_, which means a
for water conveyed to it; distinguished from _beer_,
denotes a place where water rises on the spot (Jer.
5:15; Isa. 36:16), a fountain. Cisterns are frequently
in Scripture. The scarcity of springs in Israel made
necessary to collect rain-water in reservoirs and
21:22). (See WELL -T0003803.)
Empty cisterns were sometimes used as prisons (Jer.
3:53; Ps. 40:2; 69:15). The "pit" into which Joseph
(Gen. 37:24) was a _beer_ or dry well. There are
remains of ancient cisterns in all parts of Israel.
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