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 11:3
11:1 Seventh Reading
The entire earth had one language with uniform words.
Vayehi chol-ha'arets safah echat udevarim achadim.
11:2 When [the people] migrated from the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar, and they settled there.
Vayehi benos'am mikedem vayimtse'u vik'ah be'erets Shin'ar vayeshvu sham.
11:3 They said to one another, 'Come, let us mold bricks and fire them.' They then had bricks to use as stone, and asphalt for mortar.
Vayomeru ish el-re'ehu havah nilbenah levenim venisrefah lisrefah vatehi lahem halvenah le'aven vehachemar hayah lahem lachomer.



Commentary:

Shinar
  See note on Genesis 10:10.

asphalt
  See Genesis 14:10, Exodus 2:3. In ancient times, asphalt was often used as a mortar. The Targum Yonathan, however, renders the word chemar here as clay.





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