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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [1]

 Psalm 46:4 (b) This is a picture of the spiritual ministry placed at the disposal of the people of GOD as they journey through this desert world.

 Psalm 78:16 (b) By this picture we understand the rich blessings for the people of GOD that flow from the Lord Jesus as the author of eternal life.

 Psalm 126:4 (c) Probably this may be considered a type of the flowing waters of the warmer countries which produce such wonderful vegetation, fruits and flowers, in those desert places where the ground is dependent upon the streams, rather than upon the rains.

 Song of Solomon 4:15 (c) Here we see a type of the rich and refreshing influence of the church of GOD. The streams from the mountain of Lebanon are cold, clear and life giving. This should characterize the ministry of GOD's people as they serve together in the church.

 Isaiah 30:28 (b) The flow of GOD's judgment is described in this way, for no power can stop it, and it cannot be hindered nor changed.

 Isaiah 33:21 (a) By this type we understand the great flow of the blessings of GOD in which He alone is responsible to carry us along in His everlasting arms, and to provide for every need of our bodies and souls. The ships that are mentioned refer to the fact that GOD's blessings are not based either on our work (the galley with oars), nor on our fighting ability (the gallant ship).

 Isaiah 94:9 (b) The Lord is telling us that He will destroy the sources of blessing and dry up the waters of pleasure and profit so that life will become wretched and miserable instead of sweet and pleasant.

 Isaiah 35:6 (b) The blessings of GOD flow into the lives of GOD's people who walk and talk with Him in sweet fellowship, even though they are going through times of barrenness, sorrow and disappointment.

 Isaiah 66:12 (a) It seems to be GOD's plan that the wealth of the Gentiles will be brought to His people Israel in great quantities, and in great abundance. We find this same thought in other Scriptures. GOD's people are to be the head of the nations, and all nations will borrow from her, and she shall lend to all peoples.

 Daniel 7:10 (b) This type represents the great outpouring of GOD's wrath against His enemies in the day when He sets up His throne to judge and to rule the world.

 Amos 5:24 (b) This is typical of the abundance and the irresistible power of the righteous judgments of GOD at the time when men are brought before Him to settle for their deeds. It is typical also of the righteous judgment of GOD upon Israel for their sins. It is represented as a stream because of its abundance, its permanence, and its continual operation.

 Luke 6:48 (b) Here we see a symbol of the powerful and multitudinous troubles that are released in men's lives, and which would overwhelm them if they were not anchored to the Rock of ages.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( n.) Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners.

(2): ( n.) A continued current or course; as, a stream of weather.

(3): ( n.) Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand.

(4): ( n.) A beam or ray of light.

(5): ( v. i.) To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids; as, tears streamed from her eyes.

(6): ( v. i.) To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams.

(7): ( v. i.) To issue in a stream of light; to radiate.

(8): ( v. i.) To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind; as, a flag streams in the wind.

(9): ( v. t.) To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears.

(10): ( v. t.) To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.

(11): ( v. t.) To unfurl.

(12): ( n.) A current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or fountain; specifically, any course of running water; as, many streams are blended in the Mississippi; gas and steam came from the earth in streams; a stream of molten lead from a furnace; a stream of lava from a volcano.

King James Dictionary [3]

Stream n.

1. A current of water or other fluid a liquid substance flowing in a line or course, either on the earth, as a river or brook, or from a vessel or other reservoir or fountain. Hence, 2. A river, brook or rivulet. 3. A current of water in the ocean as the gulf stream. 4. A current of melted metal or other substance as a stream of lead or iron flowing from a furnace a stream of lava from a volcano. 5. Any thing issuing from a source and moving with a continued succession of parts as a stream of words a stream of sand.

A stream of beneficence.

6. A continued current of course as a stream of weather. Not used.

The stream of his life.

7. A current of air or gas, or of light. 8. Current drift as of opinions or manners. It is difficult to oppose the stream of public opinion. 9. Water.


1. To flow to move or run in a continuous current. Blood streams from a vein.

Beneath the banks where rivers stream.

2. To emit to pour out in abundance. His eyes streamed with tears. 3. To issue with continuance, not by fits.

From opning skies my streaming glories shine.

4. To issue or shoot in streaks as light streaming from the east. 5. To extend to stretch in a long line as a flag streaming in the wind.

STREAM, To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.

The heralds mantle is streamed with gold.

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament [4]

STREAM. —See River.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [5]

strēm  : (1) נחל , naḥal , English Versions of the Bible "stream," as: "Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed" (  Psalm 78:20 ). Often "valley," as "the valley (the King James Version "river") of the Arnon" ( Deuteronomy 2:24 ); or "brook," as "the brook (the King James Version "river") of Egypt" ( Joshua 15:4; see Brook or Egypt ); or "river," as "the river Kishon" ( Judges 4:7 ). (2) נהת , nāhār (Aramaic נהר ciam , nehar ( Daniel 7:10 ); compare Arabic nahr , "river"): "He bindeth the streams," the King James Version "floods" ( Job 28:11 ); "the River" (Euphrates) ( Exodus 23:31 , etc.); "Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus" ( 2 Kings 5:12 ). (3) פּלג , pelegh , the root פּולג , pālagh , "to split," "to divide," hence, "cleft," "channel": "a tree planted by the streams (the King James Version "rivers") of water" ( Psalm 1:3 ); "There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God" ( Psalm 46:4 ); but: "The king's heart is ... as the watercourses" (the King James Version "rivers of water") ( Proverbs 21:1 ). (4) אפיק , 'āphı̄ḳ , the root אפק , 'āphaḳ , "to be strong," hence, "channel," "valley," as holding, confining ( BDB ): "the streams in the South" ( Psalm 126:4 ); elsewhere "brook," as "the brooks (the King James Version "rivers") of Judah" ( Joel 3:18 ); or "channel," as "the channel of brooks" ( Job 6:15 ); or "watercourses" (the Revised Version margin "ravines," the King James Version "rivers") ( Ezekiel 6:3 , etc.). (5) יאור , ye'ōr , from Egyptian 'iotr , 'io‛r , especially of the Nile, as: "Seven other kine came up after them out of the river" ( Genesis 41:3 ); the Revised Version (British and American) "stream," the King James Version "river" ( Exodus 7:19;  Exodus 8:5 );, the Revised Version (British and American) "stream," the King James Version "brook"; "The streams (margin "canals") of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up" ( Isaiah 19:6 ). (6) יבל , yābhāl , the root יבל , yābhal , "to bear along": "brooks and streams of waters" ( Isaiah 30:25 ); compare יוּבל , yūbhal , "river," "that spreadeth out its roots by the river" ( Jeremiah 17:8 ); אוּבל , 'ūbhal , "the river Ulai" ( Daniel 8:2 ). (7) נזל , nāzal , "to flow," "to trickle": "He brought streams also out of the rock" ( Psalm 78:16 ). (8) אשׁד , 'eshedh , "the slope of the valleys," the King James Version "the stream of the brooks" ( Numbers 21:15 ); compare אשׁדות , 'ăshēdhōth , "the slopes" ( Joshua 10:40 ); "the slopes (margin "springs") of Pisgah" ( Deuteronomy 3:17 ). (9) ποταμός , potamós , "The stream brake against that house" ( Luke 6:48 ,  Luke 6:49 ); elsewhere "river," as "the river Jordan" ( Mark 1:5 ). (10) κλύδων , klúdōn , "stream," the King James Version The Wisdom of Solomon 19:7 (the Revised Version (British and American) "surge"). See Brook; Canal; Channel; River; Vale; Watercourse .

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [6]

is the rendering in the A.V. of the following words in the original. (See Topographical Terms).

1. אָפַיק , Aphik ( Job 6:15;  Psalms 126:4; "brook,"  Psalms 42:1 [2]; "channel,"  2 Samuel 22:16;  Psalms 18:15 [16];  Isaiah 8:7; elsewhere "river"), properly denotes a violent torrent, sweeping through a mountain gorge, like a Pipe. It occurs only in the poetical books, and is derived from a root Aphak, signifying " to be strong." (See Channel).

2. אֵשֵׁד , Eshed ( Numbers 21:15), literally An Outpouring, is a place where the torrents from the mountains flow down into the valleys and plains, i.e. a Ravine. (See Valley).

3. יְאוֹר , Yeor ( Isaiah 33:21; "brook,"  Isaiah 19:6-8;  Isaiah 23:3;  Isaiah 23:10; "flood," Jeremiah 46:78;  Amos 8:8-9; elsewhere "river"), is an Egyptian word, generally applied to the Nile, or to the Canals by which Egypt was watered. The only exceptions to this usage are found in  Daniel 12:5-7. (See Nile).

4. יָבָל , yabal ( Isaiah 30:25; "course,"  Isaiah 44:4), denotes strictly a Deluging rain; hence an overflowing river. (See Flood).

5. נֹזֵל , Nozel ( Psalms 78:16;  Song of Solomon 4:15; "flood,"  Exodus 15:8  Psalms 78:44;  Isaiah 44:3; elsewhere "running" or "flowing" water), signifies a Trickling rill, and is hardly a denominative at all.

6. נִחִל , Nachal ( Psalms 78:20;  Isaiah 11:15;  Isaiah 27:12;  Isaiah 30:28;  Isaiah 30:33;  Isaiah 34:9;  Isaiah 35:6;  Isaiah 37:6;  Isaiah 66:12;  Amos 5:24; elsewhere "river," "brook," or "valley," occasionally "flood"), is a term applied both to the dry torrent bed ( Numbers 21:12;  Judges 16:4) and to the torrent itself ( 1 Kings 17:3). It corresponds with the Arabic wady, the Greek Χειμάῤῥους , the Italian fiumara, and the Indian nullah. (See Valley).

7 . נִחְלָה , Nachlah (only found in  Psalms 124:4), is merely the fem. of the preceding. (See Brook).

8. פֶּלֶג , Peleg ( Psalms 46:4 [5]; elsewhere "river"), denotes an Artificial rivulet or channel for watering land. (See Irrigation).

9. Chald. נְהִר , Nehar ( Daniel 7:10; elsewhere "river"), corresponds to the Heb. נָהָר , Nahar, which designates a perennial current of water, and is the most regular term. (See River).

10. Ποταμός ( Luke 6:48-49; elsewhere usually "river," sometimes "flood" or "water") is the proper Greek word for a River of any kind. (See Water).