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Lexicon :: Strong's H953 - bôr

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Part of Speech
masculine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
From בּוּר (H952) (in the sense of בֹּאר (H877))
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TWOT Reference: 194e

Strong’s Definitions

בּוֹר bôwr, bore; from H952 (in the sense of H877); a pit hole (especially one used as a cistern or a prison):—cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 69x

The KJV translates Strong's H953 in the following manner: pit (42x), cistern (4x), dungeon (11x), well (9x), dungeon (with H1004) (2x), fountain (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 69x
The KJV translates Strong's H953 in the following manner: pit (42x), cistern (4x), dungeon (11x), well (9x), dungeon (with H1004) (2x), fountain (1x).
  1. pit, well, cistern

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
בּוֹר bôwr, bore; from H952 (in the sense of H877); a pit hole (especially one used as a cistern or a prison):—cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well.
STRONGS H953: Abbreviations
בּוֺר noun masculineGenesis 37:20 pit, cistern, well (= בְּאֹר, MI בר, Arabic bdb009201 hole or hollow for cooking, Assyrian bûrtum DlPr 182, bûru LotzTP 169) — בּ׳ absolute Genesis 37:22 +; בֹּר Exodus 21:33 (2 Samuel 23:20 Qr, see באר above); construct בּוֺר 2 Kings 10:14 + (2 Samuel 23:15, 16 Qr, see באר above); בֹּ֫רָה (ָ  ה locative) Genesis 37:24; suffix בּוֺרוֺ Isaiah 36:16 = בֹּרוֺ 2 Kings 18:31; בּוֺרֶ֑ךָ Proverbs 5:15; plural בֹּרוֺת Genesis 37:20 + 3 times; בֹּרֹת Deuteronomy 6:11: —
1. cistern, containing water, made by digging (חצב) Deuteronomy 6:11; 2 Chronicles 26:10; Nehemiah 9:25; also (without reference to origin) Proverbs 5:15 (|| בְּאֵר) Leviticus 11:36 (|| מַעִיָן), 1 Samuel 19:22; Isaiah 36:16 = 2 Kings 18:31.
2. later apparently well (= בְּאֵר) 1 Chronicles 11:17, 182 Samuel 23:15, 2 Samuel 23:16 (yet now no well at Bethlehem RobBR i. 470, 473 compare also Surveyiii. 28 GuérinJudée i. 130), compare Ecclesiastes 12:6 & Jeremiah 6:7 Kt כְּהָקִיר בו֯ר מֵימֶיהָ as a well casteth out its water (Qr בַּיִר); but הקיר perhaps keep cool, fresh Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Hi Gf.
3. pit Exodus 21:33 (verb פתח), Exodus 21:33 (כרה), compare Exodus 21:34; compare figurative Psalm 7:16 of wickedness (|| שַׁחַת; verb כרה, חפר); 1 Samuel 13:6 as hiding-place; 2 Samuel 23:20 (Qr) = 1 Chronicles 11:22; 2 Kings 10:14 בּוֺר בֵּית עֵ֫קֶד; of pit into which Joseph was cast Genesis 37:20, Genesis 37:22, Genesis 37:24 (וְהַבּוֺר רֵק אֵין בּוֺ מ֑יִם) Genesis 37:28; Genesis 37:29; Genesis 37:29 (JE), compare further Jeremiah 41:7, Jeremiah 41:9; figurative of Sarah as mother of Israel מַקֶּבֶת בּ׳ Isaiah 51:1; figurative of calamity Psalm 40:3 בּוֺר שָׁאוֺן; compare Psalm 88:7 תַּחְתִּיּוֺת בּ׳.
4. dungeon (pit with no water in it Jeremiah 38:6; Zechariah 9:11 compare Genesis 37:24 above) Genesis 40:13; Genesis 41:14 (E) Isaiah 24:22; Jeremiah 38:6 (twice in verse) (אֵין מַיִם בּ׳) Jeremiah 38:7; Jeremiah 38:9; Jeremiah 38:10; Jeremiah 38:11; Jeremiah 38:13; also בֵּית הַבּוֺר prison Exodus 12:29; Jeremiah 37:16; figurative of exile Zechariah 9:11 (מִבּוֺר אֵין מַיִם בּוֺ); compare also Lamentations 3:53, Lamentations 3:55.
5. (in poetry & late; never with article) pit of the grave Proverbs 28:17; so אַבְנֵי ב׳ stones of the pit Isaiah 14:19 (of sepulchre, walled with stones) & of She’ôl Psalm 30:4 (|| שׁאול); יַרְכְּתֵי ב׳ loins of (the) pit, i.e. remotest pit Isaiah 14:15 (|| שׁאול) Ezekiel 32:23 especially in phrase יוֺרְדֵי בוֺר those going down to (the) pit Psalm 28:1; Psalm 143:7; Isaiah 38:18; Ezekiel 26:20; Ezekiel 32:25, Ezekiel 32:29, Ezekiel 32:30; also, (|| שׁאול), Psalm 88:5; Proverbs 1:12; further Ezekiel 26:20; Ezekiel 32:18, Ezekiel 32:24 (all || אֶרֶץ תַּחְתִּיּוֺת), Ezekiel 31:14, Ezekiel 31:16 (both || אֶרֶץ תַּחְתִּית; Ezekiel 31:14 || also מָוֶת, Ezekiel 31:16 שְׁאוֺל).

בַּיִר Qr Jeremiah 6:7 see בּוֺר above.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


37:20; 37:20; 37:20; 37:22; 37:22; 37:24; 37:24; 37:24; 37:28; 37:29; 37:29; 40:13; 41:14


12:29; 21:33; 21:33; 21:33; 21:34




6:11; 6:11

1 Samuel

13:6; 19:22

2 Samuel

23:15; 23:15; 23:16; 23:16; 23:20; 23:20

2 Kings

10:14; 10:14; 18:31; 18:31

1 Chronicles

11:17; 11:18; 11:22

2 Chronicles





7:16; 28:1; 30:4; 40:3; 88:5; 88:7; 143:7


1:12; 5:15; 5:15; 28:17




14:15; 14:19; 24:22; 36:16; 36:16; 38:18; 51:1


6:7; 6:7; 37:16; 38:6; 38:6; 38:7; 38:9; 38:10; 38:11; 38:13; 41:7; 41:9


3:53; 3:55


26:20; 26:20; 31:14; 31:14; 31:16; 31:16; 32:18; 32:23; 32:24; 32:25; 32:29; 32:30


9:11; 9:11

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H953 matches the Hebrew בּוֹר (bôr),
which occurs 68 times in 62 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Gen 37:20–Jer 41:9)

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:20 - Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, H953 and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit H953 that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:24 - And they took him, and cast him into a pit: H953 and the pit H953 was empty, there was no water in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:28 - Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, H953 and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:29 - And Reuben returned unto the pit; H953 and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; H953 and he rent his clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:15 - For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:14 - Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: H953 and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:29 - And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; H953 and all the firstborn of cattle.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - And if a man shall open a pit, H953 or if a man shall dig a pit, H953 and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:34 - The owner of the pit H953 shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:36 - Nevertheless a fountain or pit, H953 wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:11 - And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells H953 digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. H953
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:22 - Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well H953 that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:26 - And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well H953 of Sirah: but David knew it not.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:20 - And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit H953 in time of snow:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 10:14 - And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit H953 of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:31 - Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern: H953
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:17 - And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well H953 of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:18 - And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well H953 of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:22 - Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit H953 in a snowy day.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 26:10 - Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: H953 for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:25 - And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells H953 digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He made a pit, H953 and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 28:1 - [[A Psalm of David.]] Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 30:3 - O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, H953 out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:4 - I am counted with them that go down into the pit: H953 I am as a man that hath no strength:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:6 - Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, H953 in darkness, in the deeps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 143:7 - Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:15 - Drink waters out of thine own cistern, H953 and running waters out of thine own well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; H953 let no man stay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:6 - Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:15 - Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:19 - But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; H953 as a carcase trodden under feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:22 - And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, H953 and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 36:16 - Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; H953
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:18 - For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit H953 cannot hope for thy truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:1 - Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit H953 whence ye are digged.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:7 - As a fountain H953 casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:16 - When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, H953 and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon H953 of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon H953 there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:7 - Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; H953 the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:9 - My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; H953 and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:10 - Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, H953 before he die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:11 - So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon H953 to Jeremiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:13 - So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: H953 and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 41:7 - And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, H953 he, and the men that were with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 41:9 - Now the pit H953 wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain.

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