Shinar to Sin
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Country of two rivers
Strong's #H8152

Nimrod built the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh in the land of Shinar (Mesopotamia). Babel is the home of the famous tower where God confounded man's single language into many.

Genesis 10:10, 11:2, 14:1, 9, Isaiah 11:11, Daniel 1:2, Zechariah 5:11

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Strong's #H7744, #H7770, #H7746

Shuah was one of Abraham's son through Keturah whom he married after Sarah died. The father-in-law of Judah, and Chelub's brother, are also named Shuah.

One of Job's three friends, Bildad, was from the city of Shuah (a Shuhite).

Genesis 25:2, 38:2, 12, 1Chronicles 1:32, 4:11, Job 2:11

Double resting place, quietly
Strong's #H7766

Shunem was a city given to the tribe of Issachar as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

The Philistines camped at Shunem in preparation for attacking Israel's King Saul. The king, after he saw the vast enemy army, became so scared that he consulted a witch to try to contact Samuel the prophet's dead spirit! Shunem was also the location where an older couple provided a room for Elisha the prophet.

Joshua 19:18, 1Samuel 28:4, 2Kings 4:8

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Strong's #H7793

Shur was the name of a wilderness area east of Egypt in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula. The ancient Israelites, under Moses, passed through this location after they crossed the Red Sea.

Genesis 16:7, 20:1, 25:18, Exodus 15:22, 1Samuel 15:7, 27:8

Strong's #H7800

Shushan was the capital of the Persian Empire. Queen Esther, as well as the prophets Nehemiah and Daniel, referenced the city.

Nehemiah 1:1, Esther 1:2, 5, 2:3, 5, 8, 3:15, 4:8, 16, 8:14 - 15, 9:6, 11 - 18, Daniel 8:2

Flats, field, plain
Strong's #H7708

Siddim, located south of the Dead Sea, was known for its slime pits. A coalition of kings, led by Sodom's ruler, fought the powerful Chedorlaomer and his forces in the valley. Their loss at the slime pits ultimately led to Abraham becoming involved in the war.

Genesis 14:3, 8, 10

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Warrior, tempestuous
Strong's #H5511

Sihon was a king of the Amorites at the time Moses and the children of Israel came near the Promised land. See our article on the Amorites for more information.

Numbers 21:21 - 34, 32:33, Deuteronomy 1:4, 2:24 - 32, 3:2, 6, 4:46, 29:7, etc.

Sihor (Shihor)
Dark, turbid
Strong's #H7883

Sihor is also called Shihor in 1Chronicles 13:5.

Sihor represents the farest western boundary of the land God gave to Israel as an inheritance. Sihor might be one of the branches of the Nile River that flowed within Egypt.

Joshua 13:3, Isaiah 23:3, Jeremiah 2:18

Silas (Silvanus)
Strong's #G4609

Silas is referred to as Silvanus in some King James New Testament verses (2Corinthians 1:19, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:1, 1Peter 5:12).

Silas was a Jewish Christian who was considered a prophet. He accompanied the Apostle Paul on his second evangelistic journey through Galatia and parts westward.

Acts 15:22 - 40, 16:19 - 29, 17:4 - 15, 18:5, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:1, 2Corinthians 1:19, 1Peter 5:12

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Heard, hearing, harkening
Strong's #H8095, #G4826

At least four men are named Simeon in the Bible. The first was Jacob's (Israel's) second son (his second through Leah). Much later, another Simeon had married a foreign wife at the time of Ezra the prophet.

In the New Testament, an elderly and pious man named Simeon (Luke 2:25 - 35) blessed Mary and Joseph, at Jerusalem's temple, when they brought baby Jesus to present him to God. A fourth Simeon, also called Niger, was considered one of several prophets and teachers that attended the Syrian Antioch church (Acts 13:1).

It should be noted that Simon Peter's name, in Acts 15:14, is spelled Simeon. All other New Testament verses spell his name Simon.

Genesis 29:33, 34:25, 30, 35:23, 42:24, 36, 43:23, 46:10, etc.

A stone
Strong's #G4613

Several New Testament individuals are named Simon. One of Jesus' half-brothers was named Simon (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3). Simon was also used as another name for Peter (Matthew 4:18). One of Jesus' other disciples was referred to as Simon the Canaanite (or Simon the Zealot, Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18).

Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry Jesus' cross the remaining distance to Golgotha so that the Lord could be crucified (Matthew 27:32).

Simon the Sorcerer, also called Simon Magus, was a Samaritan who practiced the magical arts and presented himself as being someone who was "great" (Acts 8:9). Simon the tanner, who lived in Joppa, provided a room for Peter when he visited the city (Acts 9:43).

Matthew 4:18, 10:2 - 4, 13:55, 16:16 - 17, 17:25, 26:6, 27:32, Mark 1:16, 29 - 30, 36, etc.

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Thorn, clay
Strong's #H5512

Sin was the name of wilderness (desert) area located west of Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula.

Exodus 19:1, 17:1, Numbers 33:11 - 12, Ezekiel 30:15 - 16

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