A natural or artificial rock-cut storage container for the collection of rainwater. Such installations, variously called reservoirs, pools, or cisterns, were essential for settlements relying almost totally on winter rains for their water source. Even sites located close to a spring augmented their water supply by such collection methods. Kings constructed cisterns to hold water for times of siege (2Kgs 20:20) and for agriculture (2Chr 26:10), and great rock-cut pools are referred to at Hebron (2Sam 4:12), Samaria (1Kgs 22:38), and Gibeon (2Sam 2:13).

2Kgs 20:20

Death of Hezekiah
20The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah, all his power, how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written ... View more

2Chr 26:10

10He built towers in the wilderness and hewed out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedres ... View more

2Sam 4:12

12So David commanded the young men, and they killed them; they cut off their hands and feet, and hung their bodies beside the pool at Hebron. But the head of Is ... View more

1Kgs 22:38

38They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the Lord t ... View more

2Sam 2:13

13Joab son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat on one side of the pool, while the other sat on the ... View more

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