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Genesis 2:11

    Genesis 2:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The name of the first is Pishon, which goes round about all the land of Havilah where there is gold.

    Webster's Revision

    The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    World English Bible

    The name of the first is Pishon: this is the one which flows through the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The name of the first is Pishon: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 2:11

    The Pishon waters in its subsequent course the land of Havilah. This country is noted for the best gold, and for two other products, concerning which interpreters differ. Bedolach is, according to the Septuagint, the carbuncle or crystal; according to others, the pearl, or a particular kind of gum. The last is the more probable, if we regard the various Greek and Latin forms of the word: Βδέλλα bdella, Βδέλλιον bdellion, Josephus Ant. iii. 1, 6; οἱ δὲ μάδελκον hoi de madelkon, οἱ δὲ Βολχὸν καλοῦσι hoi de bolchon kalousi, Dioscor. i. 71; alii brochon appellant, alii malacham, alii maldacon, Pliny H. N. 12, 9. Pliny describes it as black, while the manna, which is compared with it Numbers 11:7, is white; but עין ‛ayı̂n the point of resemblance may refer not to color, but to transparence or some other visible quality. This transparent, aromatic gum is found in Arabia, Babylonia, Bactriana, Media, and India. Shoham is variously conjectured to be the beryl, onyx, sardonyx, or emerald. The first, according to Pliny, is found in India and about Pontus. As the name Pishon means the gushing or spouting current, it may have been applied to many a stream by the migratory tribes. The Halys perhaps contains the same root with Havilah; namely, הול hvl (Rawlinson's Her. i., p. 126); and it rises in Armenia (Herod. i. 72). The Chalybes in Pontus, perhaps, contain the same root. The Pishon may have been the Halys or some other stream flowing into the Black Sea.