English - Bore
= to form a tunnel, mine, well, passage, by hollowing out, cutting through, or removing a core of material
= pit, cistern, well
b˘r:Cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well. See Jer 2:13, to which it is parallel in Prov 5:15.
A cistern dug in rock which stored water in the rainy season. In time the water stagnated, and earthquakes cracked the rock and plaster. Jeremiah contrasts Jehovah, an artesian well, with idolatry, a stagnant, leaky cistern.
Wells for water were dug in the earth (Gen 21:30; 26:18,21-22,25) and the discovery of water was an occasion for rejoicing, celebrated in song (Gen 26:32; Num 21:17-18). Ordinarily water had to be drawn (Gen 24:11,20), and so a flowing well ("living water") was a particularly good fortune (Gen 26:19). In a land where water was scarce, wells were a source of contention (Gen 26:19-21). Israel promised that they would drink no water from the wells of Edom and Ammon if they were allowed to pass through their territory (Num 20:17). When not in use, the well could be protected with a stone covering (Gen 29:2ff.). So covered, the well served as a hiding place for David's informers (2 Sam 17:18-21). Water was drawn by women, and so the well served as a meeting place for the servant of Abraham and Rebekah (Gen 24:11ff), Jacob and Rachel (Gen 29:2ff), and Moses and Zipporah (Ex 2:15ff).
בְּאֵר לַחַי רֹאִי = well of the living One that seeth me, Gn 16:14.
בְּאֵר שֶׁ֫בַע = Beersheba well of seven, explained Gn 21:30, 31 as place of swearing by seven lambs, or, well of oath.
Numerous other citations.
|We can see the many variations in use of the Indo-European word. These uses are paralleled in the Hebrew forms, bor, bar, and bur. The barrow in those languages probably came from the same root, where the barrow is similar to a pit.|
|Following are modern illustrations of the English use of the word bore.
Drilling a well is more than boring a hole into the earth. A finished well will consist of a borehole cut into the aquifer at a diameter large enough to accept the well casing which will receive the pump.
Delays feared as British Petroleum relief bore nears well.
Two of the best ways to bring clean water to Ugandans are with sheltered springs and bore holes (wells).
Jig boring is used to accurately enlarge existing holes and make their diameters highly accurate. Jig boring is used for holes that need to have diameter and total runout controlled to a high degree.