New International Version
As people moved eastward, they found a plain in 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there.
World English Bible
It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there.
Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, in their journeying from the east, that they find a valley in the land of Shinar, and dwell there;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As they journeyed from the east - Assyria, Mesopotamia, and the country on the borders and beyond the Euphrates, are called the east in the sacred writings. Balaam said that the king of Moab had brought him from the mountains of the east, Numbers 23:7.
Now it appears, from Numbers 22:5, that Balaam dwelt at Pethor, on the river Euphrates. And it is very probable that it was from this country that the wise men came to adore Christ; for it is said they came from the east to Jerusalem, Matthew 2:1. Abraham is said to have come from the east to Canaan, Isaiah 41:2; but it is well known that he came from Mesopotamia and Chaldea. Isaiah 46:11, represents Cyrus as coming from the east against Babylon. And the same prophet represents the Syrians as dwelling eastward of Jerusalem, Isaiah 9:12 : The Syrians before, מקדם mikkedem, from the east, the same word which Moses uses here. Daniel 11:44, represents Antiochus as troubled at news received from the east; i.e. of a revolt in the eastern provinces, beyond the Euphrates.
Noah and his family, landing after the flood on one of the mountains of Armenia, would doubtless descend and cultivate the valleys: as they increased, they appear to have passed along the banks of the Euphrates, till, at the time specified here, they came to the plains of Shinar, allowed to be the most fertile country in the east. See Calmet. That Babel was built in the land of Shinar we have the authority of the sacred text to prove; and that Babylon was built in the same country we have the testimony of Eusebius, Praep. Evang., lib. ix., c. 15; and Josephus, Antiq., lib. i., c. 5.
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from the east. or, eastward.
Shinar. See on ver.
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The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goyim,
And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.
He replied, "To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place."
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