4260 rivers and streams
The term river is used to refer to all kinds of watercourses, including wadis (dried-up desert river beds) and permanent rivers. It is also used symbolically to refer to things which threaten or overwhelm people and nations, such as invading nations, the peace of God and the Holy Spirit.
Different kinds of rivers and streams
Some significant rivers and streams in Scripture
Rivers of Damascus 2Ki 5:12 The Abana flowed through the city of Damascus and the Pharpar just to the south of it.
River Euphrates The Euphrates flowed through Mesopotamia for some 1,700 miles (2,700 km) from its source in eastern Turkey to the Persian Gulf: Dt 1:7; 2Ki 23:29 pp 2Ch 35:20; Isa 11:15; Jer 51:63-64; Rev 16:12
River Jordan The Jordan flowed from the slopes of Mount Hermon through Lake Huleh and the Sea of Galilee, and on into the Dead Sea, providing a fertile basin on either side of the river: Ge 13:10-11; Ge 32:9-10; Nu 22:1; Jos 3:14-4:9; 2Ki 5:8-14; Mk 1:4-5 pp Mt 3:5-6
River Kerith 1Ki 17:2-7 The exact location of this wadi is uncertain, but it ran from the east into the Jordan or one of its tributaries.
River Nile The Nile flowed north some 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean, providing a natural irrigation system in the desert through its annual floodings: Ex 1:22-2:10; Ex 7:17-21; Isa 19:5-8; Eze 29:3-5
The crossing of rivers and streams
Human uses of rivers and streams
For irrigation Dt 11:10 The reference may be to a machine operated by foot, or to the foot breaking through the mud walls of the irrigation channel to let the water flow into the fields. See also Eze 17:5-8; Eze 19:10
God as sovereign Creator is ruler and judge over all rivers and streams
The symbolic use of rivers and streams
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