A hole or depression dug for the purpose of collecting water. A well was constructed by digging into the ground or by curbing surface springs. Wells, together with cisterns, were the major source of water in ancient Palestine. Digging a well in this semiarid land was an occasion for rejoicing (Num 21:17), but also for strife (Gen 21:25-26; Gen 26:15; Gen 26:18; Exod 2:16-17). Wells were located in the wilderness (Gen 16:7; Gen 16:14), in fields (Gen 29:2), and in towns (2Sam 23:15) and supplied both human and animal needs. The city well, which was usually located outside the gate (Neh 2:13; John 4:6-8), served as a meeting place, especially for the women, who had the daily task of drawing water for the household (Gen 24:11). The well is used figuratively to describe the beloved as a source of pleasure (Prov 5:15; Song 4:1) and to characterize a wicked city that keeps its wickedness “fresh” as a well keeps its water (Jer 6:7).
17Then Israel sang this song:
“Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!—
25When Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized,26Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this; you did no ... View more
15(Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.)
18Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; an ... View more
16The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.17But some shepherds came and drove th ... View more
7The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
14Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
2As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's ... View more
15David said longingly, “O that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”
13I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon's Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its ... View more
6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said t ... View more
11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water.
15Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
The Bride's Beauty Extolled
1How beautiful you are, my love,
how very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats,
movin ... View more
7As a well keeps its water fresh,
so she keeps fresh her wickedness;
violence and destruction are heard within her;
sickness and wounds are ever before me.