So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land
That part of it where they dwelt:
to gather stubble instead of straw;
straw not being easy to come at, they were obliged to gather stubble that was left in the fields, after the corn was gathered in. Ben Melech observes, that the word signifies small straw, or small sticks of wood, and Kimchi F13, and if so, this must be to burn the bricks with in the furnaces.