Cistern @ the rendering of a Hebrew word _bor_, which means a receptacle for water conveyed to it; distinguished from _beer_, which denotes a place where water rises on the spot Jeremiah:2:13; Proverbs:5:15; Isaiah:36:16), a fountain. Cisterns are frequently mentioned in Scripture. The scarcity of springs in Palestine made it necessary to collect rain-water in reservoirs and cisterns Numbers:21:22). (See WELL.) Empty cisterns were sometimes used as prisons Jeremiah:38:6; Lamentations:3:53; Psalms:40:2Psalms:69:15). The "pit" into which Joseph was cast Genesis:37:24) was a _beer_ or dry well. There are numerous remains of ancient cisterns in all parts of Palestine.