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[buh-thez-duh] /bəˈθɛz də/
a pool in Biblical Jerusalem, believed to have healing powers. John 5:2–4.
a city in central Maryland; residential suburb of Washington, D.C.
(lowercase) a chapel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I would have it like the porch—not of Bethesda, but of heaven itself.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There was a pool of water, called Bethesda, near the sheep market in the city.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Wait until my father has taken thee to the Pool of Bethesda!

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips
  • This stirring, like that of the pool of Bethesda, may indeed have its virtue.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • After his sermon, he collected eighty pounds more for Bethesda.

    George Whitefield Joseph Belcher
British Dictionary definitions for Bethesda


(New Testament) a pool in Jerusalem reputed to have healing powers, where a paralysed man was healed by Jesus (John 5:2)
a chapel of any of certain Nonconformist Christian sects
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bethesda

1857, name of a pool in Jerusalem (John v:2), from Greek Bethesda, from Aramaic beth hesda "house of mercy," or perhaps "place of flowing water." Popular as a name for religious meeting houses among some Protestant denominations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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