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This word appears as a translation three times in the Revised Version and New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (Gen. 11:3, 14:10; Exodus 2:3). The word “bitumen” does not appear in the King James Version or NIV.
The original Hebrew word used in the Bible in these three verses is chemar. Other versions translate this word as “slime” or “tar.”