2 Kings 5:12
[Are] not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
Related Topics and Bible Verses
Rivers of Damascus
the Abana and Pharpar (2 Kings 5:12).
perennial. (1.) The Hebrew margin of 2 Kings 5:12 gives this as
another reading of Abana (q.v.), a stream near Damascus.
(2.) A mountain (Cant. 4:8), probably the southern summit of
Anti-Libanus, at the base of which are the sources of the Abana.
stony (Heb. marg. "Amanah," perennial), the chief river of
Damascus (2 Kings 5:12). Its modern name is Barada, the
Chrysorrhoas, or "golden stream," of the Greeks. It rises in a
cleft of the Anti-Lebanon range, about 23 miles north-west of
Damascus, and after flowing southward for a little way parts
into three smaller streams, the central one flowing through
Damascus, and the other two on each side of the city, diffusing
beauty and fertility where otherwise there would be barrenness.
fat; i.e., "fertile", (Ezek. 27: 18 only), a place whence wine
was brought to the great market of Tyre. It has been usually
identified with the modern Aleppo, called Haleb by the native
Arabs, but is more probably to be found in one of the villages
in the Wady Helbon, which is celebrated for its grapes, on the
east slope of Anti-Lebanon, north of the river Barada (Abana).