Rivers of the Bible
Many rivers are mentioned in Scripture.
- Hasbani River—major tributary of the Jordan River which receives much of its water from 2 springs
Hebrew: נחל שניר
These winter torrents sometimes come down with great suddenness and with desolating force. A distinguished traveller thus describes his experience in this matter:
“I was encamped in Wady Feiran, near the base of Jebel Serbal, when a tremendous thunderstorm burst upon us. After little more than an hour’s rain, the water rose so rapidly in the previously dry wady that I had to run for my life, and with great difficulty succeeded in saving my tent and goods; my boots, which I had not time to pick up, were washed away. In less than two hours a dry desert wady upwards of 300 yards broad was turned into a foaming torrent from 8 to 10 feet deep, roaring and tearing down and bearing everything upon it, tangled masses of tamarisks, hundreds of beautiful palmtrees, scores of sheep and goats, camels and donkeys, and even men, women, and children, for a whole encampment of Arabs was washed away a few miles above me. The storm commenced at five in the evening; at half-past nine the waters were rapidly subsiding, and it was evident that the flood had spent its force.” (Compare Matthew 7:27; Luke 6:49.)
- River of Fire—“A river of fire was flowing” in Daniel’s prophetic vision of four beasts (Daniel 7:10).
River of Life (aka Water-of-Life River or River of the Water of Life)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. —Revelation 22:1-2 ESV
Dr. John MacArthur notes,
This river is unlike any on earth because no hydrological cycle exists. Water of life symbolizes the continual flow of eternal life from God’s throne to heaven’s inhabitants. —John MacArthur, Litt.D., D.D., The MacArthur Study Bible
Sihor River (Nile)
'Ubhal, “a river” (Dan. 8:2).
Yubhal, “a river” (Jeremiah 17:8), a full flowing stream.
- Zered (river of the wilderness
- Christian Baptism
- Dead Sea—fed by various rivers
- ferry boat
- The Sea
- Sea of Galilee
- worship of rivers (idolatry: fetishism)