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Meaning and etymology of the name Pishon

Pishon Pishon

The Pishon is the first of four rivers in Eden (the others are Gihon, Haddakel and Parat - Genesis 2:11-14). Of the river Pishon it is said that it 'flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.'

The name Pishon comes from push (push , 1752) meaning spring about (1751), be scattered (1752). Klein's Etymological dictionary of the Hebrew Language gives besides a reference to the somewhat abstract `to spring about' the meaning to be strong, increase, spread. Another verb (Klein's Etymological dictionary of the Hebrew Language) spelled the same is to rest.

The name Pishon probably refers to a river that originates from a spring and forms into a delta. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Great Diffusion. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Freely Flowing.



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