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Genesis 34

Dinah is ravished by Shechem.

Genesis 34:1 And Dina the daughter of Lia went out to see the women of that country. Genesis 34:2 And when Sichem the son of Hemor the Hevite, the prince of that land, saw her, he was in love with her: and took her away, and lay with her, ravishing the virgin. Genesis 34:3 And his soul was fast knit unto her; and whereas she was sad, he comforted her with sweet words.

He sueth to marry her.

Genesis 34:4 And going to Hemor his father, he said: Get me this damsel to wife. Genesis 34:5 But when Jacob had heard this, his sons being absent, and employed in feeding the cattle, he held his peace till they came back.

Genesis 34:6 And when Hemor the father of Sichem was come out to speak to Jacob, Genesis 34:7 Behold his sons came from the field: and hearing what had passed, they were exceeding angry, because he had done a foul thing in Israel, and committed an unlawful act, in ravishing Jacob's daughter. Genesis 34:8 And Hemor spoke to them: The soul of my son Sichem has a longing for your daughter: give her him to wife: Genesis 34:9 And let us contract marriages one with another: give us your daughters, and take you our daughters. Genesis 34:10 And dwell with us: the land is at your command, till, trade, and possess it. Genesis 34:11 Sichem also said to her father and to her brethren: Let me find favour in your sight, and whatsoever you shall appoint I will give: Genesis 34:12 Raise the dowry, and ask gifts, and I will gladly give what you shall demand: only give me this damsel to wife.

The sons of Jacob offer their condition of circumcision to the Shechemites.

Genesis 34:13 The sons of Jacob answered Sichem and his father deceitfully, being enraged at the deflowering of their sister: Genesis 34:14 We cannot do what you demand, nor give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; which with us is unlawful and abominable. Genesis 34:15 But in this we may be allied with you, if you will be like us, and all the male sex among you be circumcised: Genesis 34:16 Then will we mutually give and take your daughters, and ours; and we will dwell with you, and will be one people: Genesis 34:17 But if you will not be circumcised, we will take our daughter and depart. Genesis 34:18 Their offer pleased Hemor, and Sichem, his son: Genesis 34:19 And the young man made no delay, but forthwith fulfilled what was required: for he loved the damsel exceedingly, and he was the greatest man in all his father's house.

Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it.

Genesis 34:20 And going into the gate of the city, they spoke to the people: Genesis 34:21 These men are peaceable, and are willing to dwell with us: let them trade in the land, and till it, which being large and wide wanteth men to till it: we shall take their daughters for wives, and we will give them ours. Genesis 34:22 One thing there is for which so great a good is deferred: We must circumcise every male among us, following the manner of the nation. Genesis 34:23 And their substance, and cattle, and all that they possess, shall be ours; only in this let us condescend, and by dwelling together, we shall make one people. Genesis 34:24 And they all agreed, and circumcised all the males.

The sons of Jacob upon that advantage slay them,

Genesis 34:25 And behold the third day, when the pain of the wound was greatest: two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, the brothers of Dina, taking their swords, entered boldly into the city and slew all the men. Genesis 34:26 And they killed also Hemor and Sichem, and took away their sister Dina out of Sichem's house.

and spoil their city.

Genesis 34:27 And when they were gone out, the other sons of Jacob came upon the slain; and plundered the city in revenge of the rape. Genesis 34:28 And they took their sheep, and their herds, and their asses, wasting all they had in their houses and in their fields. Genesis 34:29 And their children and wives they took captive.

Jacob reproveth Simeon and Levi.

Genesis 34:30 And when they had boldly perpetrated these things, Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: You have troubled me, and made me hateful to the Chanaanites and Pherezites, the inhabitants of this land. We are few: they will gather themselves together and kill me; and both I, and my house shall be destroyed. Genesis 34:31 They answered: Should they abuse our sister as a strumpet?

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