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These were extensively used in Palestine for the collection of rain water. In Jerusalem every house has its cistern, and some have more than one. Solomon also brought water from long distances to be stored in cisterns, of which there are many under the Temple area.Some were really pits, for we read of the 'wheel' being broken. Ecclesiastes 12:6 . There were also many cisterns in fields or by the road side as reservoirs for the irrigation of the land. For every man to be able to drink water out of his own cistern, was held out as a boon. 2 Kings 18:31 ; Isaiah 36:16 . This is also used as a symbol not to indulge in illicit desires. Proverbs 5:15 . Israel is charged with forsaking God, the fountain of blessing, and making for themselves cisterns which could hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Cisterns '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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