swift, one of the rivers of Damascus (2 Kings 5:12). It has been identified with the 'Awaj, "a small lively river." The whole of the district watered by the 'Awaj is called the Wady el-'Ajam, i.e., "the valley of the Persians", so called for some unknown reason. This river empties itself into the lake or marsh Bahret Hijaneh, on the east of Damascus. One of its branches bears the modern name of Wady Barbar, which is probably a corruption of Pharpar.
In Damascus they think there are no such rivers in all the world as their little Abana and pharpar.
For above the landlady's exposition rose the probationer's voice: "Abana and pharpar, rivers of Damascus."
The river pharpar fertilizes the orchards and gardens outside the town.
Abana and pharpar may be broad, and deep, and blue, and grand; but only in Jordan shall your soul wash and be clean.
Men prefer their own Abana and pharpar to the little river rushing in desolate places.
In their pursuit the advancing columns crossed both the pharpar and the Albana, "the rivers of Damascus."
There is no uncertainty about the river Abana, and another river near Damascus known as pharpar.
Down the lower slopes of one of the most easterly mountains flow the sources of pharpar and Abana, the twin rivers.
The river pharpar flows parallel to the Abana in a line about twelve miles more to the south.
Gold and silver flowed in streams—brighter than Abana and pharpar, rivers of Damascus—that reached the humblest cottage.