Genesis 11:2
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English Standard Version
And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they removed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Sennaar, and dwelt in it.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

As men multiplied they moved from the land of Ararat "eastward," or more strictly to the south-east, and settled in a plain. בּקעה does not denote a valley between mountain ranges, but a broad plain, πεδίον μέγα, as Herodotus calls the neighbourhood of Babylon. There they resolved to build an immense tower; and for this purpose they made bricks and burned them thoroughly (לשׂרפה "to burning" serves to intensify the verb like the inf. absol.), so that they became stone; whereas in the East ordinary buildings are constructed of bricks of clay, simply dried in the sun. For mortar they used asphalt, in which the neighbourhood of Babylon abounds. From this material, which may still be seen in the ruins of Babylon, they intended to build a city and a tower, whose top should be in heaven, i.e., reach to the sky, to make to themselves a name, that they might not be scattered over the whole earth. שׁם לו עשׂה denotes, here and everywhere else, to establish a name, or reputation, to set up a memorial (Isaiah 63:12, Isaiah 63:14; Jeremiah 32:20, etc.). The real motive therefore was the desire for renown, and the object was to establish a noted central point, which might serve to maintain their unity. The one was just as ungodly as the other. For, according to the divine purpose, men were to fill the earth, i.e., to spread over the whole earth, not indeed to separate, but to maintain their inward unity notwithstanding their dispersion. But the fact that they were afraid of dispersion is a proof that the inward spiritual bond of unity and fellowship, not only "the oneness of their God and their worship," but also the unity of brotherly love, was already broken by sin. Consequently the undertaking, dictated by pride, to preserve and consolidate by outward means the unity which was inwardly lost, could not be successful, but could only bring down the judgment of dispersion.

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from the east. or, eastward.

Genesis 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Shinar. See on ver.

Genesis 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth...

Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 14:1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam...

Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people...

Daniel 1:2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God...

Zechariah 5:11 And he said to me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there on her own base.

Cross References
Genesis 10:10
The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 11:1
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.

Genesis 14:1
In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim,

Daniel 1:2
And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.

Zechariah 5:11
He said to me, "To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it. And when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its base."

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