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Where Camels Kneel

A pool is a small body of water, natural or man-made. Pools are mentioned throughout Bible History either in a general way, or as a specific place, or with a specific purpose. The English word "pool" is used to translate the Hebrew word (pronounced) ber-ay-kaw, meaning a reservoir, or where camels kneel, and the Greek word (pronounced) kol-oom-bay-thrah, meaning a reservoir, or diving place.

"I made me pools of water"

Pools were well-known along The Nile River (see also The Nile Delta and Memphis), and were all affected at the time of the Exodus:


"And The Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone." (Exodus 7:19 KJV) [see also The Ten Plagues]

Examples of pools in the land of Israel (see also Bible Places)

"And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool." (2 Samuel 2:13 KJV)

"So the king [i.e. Ahab] died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria" (1 Kings 22:37-38 KJV)

"And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field." (2 Kings 18:17 KJV) [see The Day Sennacherib Challenged God]

"I [i.e. King Solomon] made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees" (Ecclesiates 2:6 KJV)

One of the most well-known healing miracles done by Jesus Christ was at the pool in Jerusalem known as Bethesda, which means house of grace:

"Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

"And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?"

"The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."

"Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked" (John 5:2-9 KJV)

And in Prophecy:

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose ... And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of Dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." (Isaiah 35:1,7 KJV)

Fact Finder: What kind of camels were the most common in the land of Israel?
See Arabian and Bactrian

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