Shallow crossing place in marsh, river, or stream where firm footing is available. Until Roman occupiers built the first bridges in Palestine, all crossings of water were by boat or through available fords. Such ford crossing points mentioned in the biblical stories include one on the Jabbok, an eastern tributary of the Jordan (Gen 32:22), crossed by Jacob and his family. There were also fords on the Jordan itself, crossed by various groups (Josh 2:7; Judg 3:28; Judg 12:5; Judg 12:6; 1Sam 13:7), fords “of the wilderness” (2Sam 15:28; 2Sam 17:16), the ford of the Anion, an eastern river draining into the Dead Sea (Isa 16:2), and fords leading to Babylon (presumably through the Euphrates River).

Gen 32:22

Jacob Wrestles at Peniel
22The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

Josh 2:7

7So the men pursued them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords. As soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

Judg 3:28

28He said to them, “Follow after me; for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him, and seized the fords of the ... View more

Judg 12:5

5Then the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. Whenever one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead wo ... View more

Judg 12:6

6they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the ... View more

1Sam 13:7

7Some Hebrews crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

2Sam 15:28

28See, I will wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”

2Sam 17:16

16Therefore send quickly and tell David, ‘Do not lodge tonight at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over; otherwise the king and all the peopl ... View more

Isa 16:2

2Like fluttering birds,
like scattered nestlings,
so are the daughters of Moab
at the fords of the Arnon.

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