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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 - “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; H953 and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit H953 that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:24 - and they took him and threw him into the pit. H953 Now the pit H953 was empty, without any water in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:28 - Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, H953 and sold [fn]him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:29 - Now Reuben returned to the pit, H953 and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; H953 so he tore his garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 40:15 - “For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the [fn]dungeon.” H953
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:14 - Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; H953 and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 12:29 - Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, H953 and all the firstborn of cattle.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:33 - “If a man opens a pit, H953 or [fn]digs a pit H953 and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 21:34 - the owner of the pit H953 shall make restitution; he shall [fn]give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:36 - ‘Nevertheless a spring or a cistern H953 [fn]collecting water shall be clean, though the one who touches their carcass shall be unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 6:11 - and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns H953 which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits. H953
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 19:22 - Then he himself went to Ramah and came as far as the large well H953 that is in Secu; and he asked and said, “Where are Samuel and David?” And someone said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 3:26 - When Joab came out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well H953 of Sirah; but David did not know it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:20 - Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, [fn]killed the [fn]two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 10:14 - He said, “Take them alive.” So they took them alive and killed them at the pit H953 of Beth-eked, forty-two men; and he left none of them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 18:31 - ‘Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria,[fn]Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern, H953
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:17 - David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well H953 of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 11:18 - So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from the well H953 of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; nevertheless David would not drink 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, mighty in deeds, struck down the [fn]two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and [fn]killed a lion inside a pit H953 on a snowy day.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 26:10 - He built towers in the wilderness and hewed many cisterns, H953 for he had much livestock, both in the [fn]lowland and in the plain. He also had plowmen and vinedressers in the hill country and the fertile fields, for he loved the soil.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 9:25 - “They captured fortified cities and a [fn]fertile land.
They took possession of houses full of every good thing,
Hewn cisterns, H953 vineyards, olive groves,
Fruit trees in abundance.
So they ate, were filled and grew fat,
And reveled in Your great goodness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 7:15 - He has dug a pit H953 and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 28:1 - A Psalm of David.
To You, O LORD, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 30:3 - O LORD, You have brought up my soul from [fn]Sheol;
You have kept me alive, [fn]that I would not go down to the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He brought me up out of the pit H953 of destruction, out of the [fn]miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:4 - I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; H953
I have become like a man without strength,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:6 - You have put me in the lowest pit, H953
In dark places, in the depths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 143:7 - Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails;
Do not hide Your face from me,
Or I will become like those who go down to the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit; H953
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:15 - Drink water from your own cistern H953
And [fn]fresh water from your own well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 28:17 - A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood
Will [fn]be a fugitive until death; H953 let no one support him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:6 - Remember Him before the silver cord is [fn]broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern H953 is crushed;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:15 - “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 14:19 - “But you have been cast out of your tomb
Like [fn]a rejected branch,
[fn]Clothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit H953
Like a trampled corpse.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 24:22 - They will be gathered together
Like prisoners in the [fn]dungeon, H953
And will be confined in prison;
And after many days they will be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 36:16 - ‘Do not listen to Hezekiah,’ for thus says the king of Assyria,[fn]Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern, H953
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:18 - “For Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down to the pit H953 cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 51:1 - “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the [fn]quarry H953 from which you were dug.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:7 - “As a well H953 [fn]keeps its waters fresh,
So she [fn]keeps fresh her wickedness.
Violence and destruction are heard in her;
Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:16 - For Jeremiah had come into the [fn]dungeon, H953 that is, the vaulted cell; and Jeremiah stayed there many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern H953 of Malchijah the king’s son, which was in the court of the guardhouse; and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern H953 there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:7 - But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, [fn]a eunuch, while he was in the king’s palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. H953 Now the king was sitting in the Gate of Benjamin;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:9 - “My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet whom they have cast into the cistern; H953 and he [fn]will die right where he is because of the famine, for there is no more bread in the city.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:10 - Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Take thirty men from here [fn]under your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern H953 before he dies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:11 - So Ebed-melech took the men under his [fn]authority and went into the king’s palace to a place beneath the storeroom and took from there worn-out clothes and worn-out rags and let them down by ropes into the cistern H953 to Jeremiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:13 - So they pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, H953 and Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guardhouse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 41:7 - Yet it turned out that as soon as they came inside the city, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the men that were with him slaughtered them and cast them into the cistern. H953
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 41:9 - Now as for the cistern H953 where Ishmael had cast all the corpses of the men whom he had struck down [fn]because of Gedaliah, it was the one that King Asa had made on account of Baasha, king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain.

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