Water Shaft [Heb. ṣinnôr] (2 S. 5:8); AV GUTTER; NEB “grappling-iron.” The meaning of ṣinnôr is uncertain; the LXX renders it “dagger” and Aquila “watercourse” (seeCataract). A water shaft has been discovered that extends from the spring of Gihon into the city of Jerusalem. SeeJerusalem III.C.
Water Shaft (Heb. ṣrinnôr). † A water spout, tunnel, or shaft by which David was able to conquer the stronghold of Jebus (Jerusalem) (2 Sam. 5:8; JB “conduit”; KJV “gutter”; NIV mg. “scaling hooks”). The context at 2 Sam. 5:8 implies an aspect of security or fortification for time of siege.
WATER TUNNEL (Heb. ṣinnôr). The term occurs in the proposal of David that someone should “strike the Jebusites … through the water tunnel” (2 Sam. 5:8). KJV renders it “gutter,” and RSV and NIV render it “the water shaft,” but more recent evidence points to “a grappling hook” used by besiegers in scaling
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Water shaft connecting to Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring.water shaft. This term, referring to an underground conduit for bringing water from a spring into a city, is used by the NIV and other versions to render Hebrew ṣinnôrH7562 in 2 Sam. 5:8 (this Heb. word occurs in only one other passage with the
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WATER SHAFT [צִנּוֹר tsinnor]. Place where David instructed his troops to attack the Jebusites (2 Sam 5:8). As a system to convey water from an external spring to the interior of Jerusalem, the water shaft would have been a weakness in the city wall. The LXX, however, translates batsinnor (בַּצִּנּוֹר)