1:2 into his hand. This event marked the beginning of Judah’s seventy year captivity, prophesied by Jeremiah (II Chronicles 36:6, 21; Jeremiah 25:1,11).
1:2 land of Shinar. Shinar is confirmed here by Daniel as the name of the country of Babylon. Babel was founded by Nimrod in the land of Shinar at least 1500 years earlier. The land of Shinar is known to secular archaeologists as Sumer.
1:2 his god. The chief “god” of the Babylonians was Bel, also known as Marduk, or Merodach, possibly originally the deified Nimrod.