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This word appears as a translation three times in the Revised King James Version and New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (Genesis 11:3, 14:10; Exodus 2:3). The word “bitumen” does not appear in the King James Version or New International Version (NIV).

The original Hebrew word used in the Bible in these three verses is chemar. Other versions translate this word as “slime” or “tar.”

Author: Paul S. Taylor.