International Standard Bible EncyclopediaFORD
ford (ma`abhar (Genesis 32:22; "pass" (of Michmash), 1 Samuel 13:23; "stroke" (the Revised Version, margin "passing"), Isaiah 30:32); ma`barah (Joshua 2:7 Judges 3:28; Judges 12:5, 6 Isaiah 16:2 "pass" (of Michmash), 1 Samuel 14:4; "passages" (the Revised Version, margin "fords"), Jeremiah 51:32); `abharah (2 Samuel 15:28; 2 Samuel 17:16; "ferry-boat" (the Revised Version, margin "convoy"), 2 Samuel 19:18); from `abhar, "to pass over"; compare Arabic `abar, "to pass over" and ma`bar, "a ford"):
In the journeyings of the children of Israel, in addition to the miraculous passages of the Red Sea and the Jordan, they had other streams to pass over, especially the Zered (Chisa') and the Arnon (Maujib) (Numbers 21:12, 13 Deuteronomy 2:24). The Jabbok (Zarqa) is frequently referred to, particularly in connection with Jacob (Genesis 32:22). The most frequent references are to the Jordan which, in time of flood, was impassable (Joshua 3:15).
The lower Jordan is about 100 ft. wide, and from 5 to 12 ft. deep, so that in the absence of bridges, the places where it was possible to ford were of great importance. The passage of the Jordan is referred to in connection with Jacob (Genesis 32:10), Gideon (Judges 8:4), the children of Ammon (Judges 10:9), Abner and his men (2 Samuel 2:29), David (2 Samuel 10:17; 2 Samuel 17:22), Absalom (2 Samuel 17:24), and others. Jesus undoubtedly crossed the Jordan, and John is thought to have baptized at the ford of the Jordan near Jericho. The fords of the Jordan are specifically mentioned in Joshua 2:7 in connection with the pursuit of the spies who were hidden in Rahab's house, and in 2 Samuel 15:28; 2 Samuel 17:16 in connection with the flight of David. In the last two passages we have abharah, the same word which, in the account of David's return (2 Samuel 19:18), is rendered "ferry-boat" (the Revised Version, margin "convoy").
Alfred Ely Day
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Mention is frequently made of the fords of the Jordan (Joshua 2:7
; Judges 3:28
, 6), which must have been very numerous; about fifty perhaps. The most notable was that of Bethabara. Mention is also made of the ford of the Jabbok (Genesis 32:22
), and of the fords of Arnon (Isaiah 16:2
) and of the Euphrates (Jeremiah 51:32
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
) A place in a river, or other water, where it may be passed by man or beast on foot, by wading.
2. (n.) A stream; a current.
3. (v. t.) To pass or cross, as a river or other water, by wading; to wade through.
Strong's Hebrew4569. ma'abar -- a ford, pass, passing
ma'abar. << 4568, 4569. ma'abar. 4569a >>. a ford
, pass, passing. Transliteration:
ma'abar Phonetic Spelling: (mah-ab-awr') Short Definition: ford
, place ... /hebrew/4569.htm - 5k
5679. abarah -- ford
... ford. Transliteration: abarah Phonetic Spelling: (ab-aw-raw') Short Definition:
ford. Word Origin from abar Definition ford NASB Word Usage ford (1), fords (1). ...
/hebrew/5679.htm - 6k
1012. Beth Barah -- "place of ford," a place in Palestine
... Beth Barah. 1013 >>. "place of ford," a place in Palestine. Transliteration: Beth
Barah Phonetic Spelling: (bayth baw-raw') Short Definition: Beth-barah. ...
/hebrew/1012.htm - 6k
4569a. maabar -- a ford, pass, passing
... << 4569, 4569a. maabar. 4569b >>. a ford, pass, passing. Transliteration: maabar
Short Definition: blow. Word Origin from abar Definition ...
/hebrew/4569a.htm - 5k
4569b. mabarah -- a ford, pass, passage
... << 4569a, 4569b. mabarah. 4570 >>. a ford, pass, passage. Transliteration: mabarah
Short Definition: fords. Word Origin from abar Definition ...
/hebrew/4569b.htm - 5k
5674a. abar -- to pass over, through, or by, pass on
... 1), drew across (1), drifting (1), enter (1), escapes the notice (1), ever bring
(1), ever bring...over (1), excel (1), fail (2), flood (1), ford (1), forded (1 ...
/hebrew/5674a.htm - 7k
8607. Tiphsach -- a place on the Euphrates
... Tipsah. From pacach; ford; Tiphsach, a place in Mesopotamia -- Tipsah. see HEBREW
pacach. << 8606, 8607. Tiphsach. 8608 >>. Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/8607.htm - 6k