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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Fountain, a stream of 'living' or constantly running water, in opposition to standing or stagnant pools, whether it issues immediately from the ground or from the bottom of a well.

From the value of such supplies of water in arid countries, fountains figure much in the poetry of the East as the natural images of perennial blessings of various kinds. In the Scriptures fountains are made the symbols of refreshment to the weary, and also denote the perpetuity and inexhaustible nature of the spiritual comforts which God imparts to his people, whether by the influences of the Spirit, or through the ordinances of public worship. There are also various texts in which children, or an extended posterity, are, by a beautifully apt image, described as a fountain, and the father or progenitor as the source or spring from which that fountain flows (; ; ; ; , etc.).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Fountain'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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