Bible: Genesis 34

Dinah and the Shechemites

34:1 Now Dinah, Leah’s daughter whom she bore to Jacob, went to meet 1  the young women 2  of the land. 34:2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, who ruled that area, saw her, he grabbed her, forced himself on her, 3  and sexually assaulted her. 4  34:3 Then he became very attached 5  to Dinah, Jacob’s daughter. He fell in love with the young woman and spoke romantically to her. 6  34:4 Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Acquire this young girl as my wife.” 7  34:5 When 8  Jacob heard that Shechem 9  had violated his daughter Dinah, his sons were with the livestock in the field. So Jacob remained silent 10  until they came in.

34:6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went to speak with Jacob about Dinah. 11  34:7 Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the field when they heard the news. 12  They 13  were offended 14  and very angry because Shechem 15  had disgraced Israel 16  by sexually assaulting 17  Jacob’s daughter, a crime that should not be committed. 18 

34:8 But Hamor made this appeal to them: “My son Shechem is in love with your daughter. 19  Please give her to him as his wife. 34:9 Intermarry with us. 20  Let us marry your daughters, and take our daughters as wives for yourselves. 21  34:10 You may live 22  among us, and the land will be open to you. 23  Live in it, travel freely in it, 24  and acquire property in it.”

34:11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s 25  father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your sight, and whatever you require of me 26  I’ll give. 27  34:12 You can make the bride price and the gift I must bring very expensive, 28  and I’ll give 29  whatever you ask 30  of me. Just give me the young woman as my wife!

34:13 Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully when they spoke because Shechem 31  had violated their sister Dinah. 34:14 They said to them, “We cannot give 32  our sister to a man who is not circumcised, for it would be a disgrace 33  to us. 34:15 We will give you our consent on this one condition: You must become 34  like us by circumcising 35  all your males. 34:16 Then we will give 36  you our daughters to marry, 37  and we will take your daughters as wives for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people. 34:17 But if you do not agree to our terms 38  by being circumcised, then we will take 39  our sister 40  and depart.”

34:18 Their offer pleased Hamor and his son Shechem. 41  34:19 The young man did not delay in doing what they asked 42  because he wanted Jacob’s daughter Dinah 43  badly. (Now he was more important 44  than anyone in his father’s household.) 45  34:20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate 46  of their city and spoke to the men of their city, 34:21 These men are at peace with us. So let them live in the land and travel freely in it, for the land is wide enough 47  for them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters to marry. 48  34:22 Only on this one condition will these men consent to live with us and become one people: They demand 49  that every male among us be circumcised just as they are circumcised. 34:23 If we do so, 50  won’t their livestock, their property, and all their animals become ours? So let’s consent to their demand, so they will live among us.”

34:24 All the men who assembled at the city gate 51  agreed with 52  Hamor and his son Shechem. Every male who assembled at the city gate 53  was circumcised. 34:25 In three days, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword 54  and went to the unsuspecting city 55  and slaughtered every male. 34:26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and left. 34:27 Jacob’s sons killed them 56  and looted the city because their sister had been violated. 57  34:28 They took their flocks, herds, and donkeys, as well as everything in the city and in the surrounding fields. 58  34:29 They captured as plunder 59  all their wealth, all their little ones, and their wives, including everything in the houses.

34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought ruin 60  on me by making me a foul odor 61  among the inhabitants of the land – among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I 62  am few in number; they will join forces against me and attack me, and both I and my family will be destroyed! 34:31 But Simeon and Levi replied, 63 Should he treat our sister like a common prostitute?

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