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Brook

BROOK. A small stream. One of “the sweet words of Scripture,” because the Bible was written in lands near the desert, and by men who therefore appreciated water. Many brooks are named in the Bible—e.g., Besor (1Sam.30.9), Cherith (1Kgs.17.3-1Kgs.17.7), and Kidron (2Sam.15.23). The word rendered “brooks” in the KJV in Isa.19.6-Isa.19.8 seems to refer to the Nile or its irrigating streams; in Ps.42.1 it may refer to “channels” (niv “streams”). The word nahal, translated “brook” over forty times in the KJV, often means “a wadi”—i.e., a torrent in winter and spring that dries up in summer.