A spring or source of flowing water. The NRSV uses “spring” and “fountain” to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek terms without discriminating between natural outflows of water and artificial wells or water-storage systems (i.e., cisterns and reservoirs). In the Bible, springs represent divinely bestowed security and bounty (Ps 104:10-13; Isa 41:17-18; Ezek 34:13), especially when water symbolizes eschatological blessings (Ezek 47:1-12; Joel 3:18; Zech 14:8; Rev 21:6; Rev 22:1-2). The Lord is described as the “fountain of living waters” (Jer 2:13), a symbol that Jesus later applied to himself (John 4:10-15). A fountain may also symbolize the source of something besides water, e.g., descendants (Deut 33:28), wisdom (Prov 18:4), and forgiveness (Zech 13:1). God was praised as the “fountain of life” (Ps 36:9).

Ps 104:10-13

10You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,11giving drink to every wild animal;
the wild asses quench their thirst.12By the strea ... View more

Isa 41:17-18

17When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
I the God of Israel will not fors ... View more

Ezek 34:13

13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of I ... View more

Ezek 47:1-12

Water Flowing from the Temple
1Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the ... View more

Joel 3:18

18In that day
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the stream beds of Judah
shall flow with water;
a fountain shall come ... View more

Zech 14:8

8On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it shall continue in summer as in ... View more

Rev 21:6

6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the wat ... View more

Rev 22:1-2

The River of Life
1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb2through the middle ... View more

Jer 2:13

13for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
and dug out cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns
that can ho ... View more

John 4:10-15

10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given yo ... View more

Deut 33:28

28So Israel lives in safety,
untroubled is Jacob's abode
in a land of grain and wine,
where the heavens drop down dew.

Prov 18:4

4The words of the mouth are deep waters;
the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.

Zech 13:1

1On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

Ps 36:9

9For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

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