Bible: Genesis 34:1-12

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!

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