Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Springs in the Bible
  • There are 45 direct references to springs in the Old and New Testaments*, from Creation to Revelation.  As the sampling of quotes below suggests, springs are more than just one of God's many creations.  They are a critical source of life sustenance, particularly in the arid regions of the Holy Lands: "Then God said to me . . . To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life" (Rev 21:6).  The faithful and the chosen are led to springs, and the springs' clear and unceasing flow is a sign of God's favor.  Conversely, the unfaithful and false are punished by the stopping up or destruction of their springs.  When such events occur, they spell the end of a community. In Revelation, one sign of the end of the world is the fouling of springs.

    Metaphorically, springs serve other purposes in the Bible. In Proverbs, giving in to sin is likened to becoming a muddied spring.  In James, reverent and blasphemous speech from the same mouth is like a spring that flows both fresh and brackish water.  Most profoundly, the pure and constant flow of springs is a symbol of God, eternity, and the promise/blessing of salvation. Spring water is thus linked with everlasting as well as earthly life.  As noted in John 4:14, "Those who drink of the waters that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."

    Selected Biblical Citations Relating to Springs, in order, by chapter

  • Deuteronomy 8:7  "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills."
  • Joshua 15:19-20  Springs are included in the "inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah."
  • 2Kings 2:21  Eli'sha makes a spring pure so the local inhabitants drinking its waters will no longer suffer death or miscarriage.
  • 2Kings 3:19, & 2Chronicles 31:3-4  In both passages, the stopping up of springs spells catastrophe.
  • 2Kings 4:25  The Israelites stopped up a spring as part the general destruction they visited on their vanquished enemy.
  • Job 38:16  Among God's questions/demands of Job is, "Have you entered into the springs of the sea?" (The earliest written reference to submarine springs?)
  • Psalms 84:4-6  Text declares that happy are those whom God has chosen to live in "a place of springs."
  • Psalms 85:11  "Faithfulness will spring up from the ground."
  • Psalms 104:10  As a sign of God's favor, He makes "springs gush forth in the valleys."
  • Psalms 107:33-35  Turning "springs into desert" and "parched land into springs" are ways in which God punishes the wicked and favors the faithful, respectively.
  • Psalms 114:8  God has the power to turn "the flint into a spring of water."
  • Hosea 13:15  Springs shall be parched as a sign of God's anger.
  • Proverbs 4:23  "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life."
  • Proverbs 25:26  The righteous who give way before the wicked are "like a muddied spring."
  • Isaiah 49:10  God will guide the chosen "by springs of water."
  • Isaiah 58:11  "The Lord will guide you continuously, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and . . . you shall be . . . like a spring of water whose waters never fail."
  • Jeremiah 9:11  "Oh that my head were a spring of water . . . so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people."
  • John 4:14  Those who drink of the waters that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."
  • James 3:10-11  "From the same mouth come cursing and blessing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?"
  • Revelation 7:10  "The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, and it fell . . . on the springs of water . . . and many died from the water, because it was made bitter."
  • Revelation 21:6  "Then God said to me, 'it is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life."
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    *Based on a CD-ROM word search of the Revised Standard Edition.