International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
"Can the rush grow up without mire (bitstsah)?
Can the flag grow without water?"
"He lieth under the lotus-trees,
In the covert of the reed, and the fen (bitstsah)."
In 1 Macc 9:42,45 helos, but in 9:42 Codex Vaticanus reads oros, "mount." Marshes are found near the mouths of some of the rivers, as the Kishon, about the Chuleh (? waters of Merom), at various places in the course of the Jordan and about the Dead Sea, especially at its south end. For the most part Palestine is rocky and dry.