Dinah and the
1Now Dinah, the
daughter Leah had borne
to Jacob, went out to visit
the women of the land.
2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw
her, he took her and raped her.
3His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob;
he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.
4And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”
5When Jacob heard that
his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.
6Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
sons had come in from
the fields as soon as they
heard what had happened.
by sleeping with Jacob’s
daughter—a thing that
should not be done.
8But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem
has his heart set on your
daughter. Please give her
to him as his wife.
9Intermarry with us; give
us your daughters and take our daughters for
10You can settle among
us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it,
and acquire property in
11Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I
will give you whatever you ask.
12Make the price for the
bride and the gift I am to
bring as great as you like,
and I’ll pay whatever you
ask me. Only give me the
young woman as my wife.”
13Because their sister Dinah had been defiled,
Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke
to Shechem and his father Hamor.
14They said to them, “We can’t do such a
thing; we can’t give our
sister to a man who is not
circumcised. That would
be a disgrace to us.
15We will enter into an
agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
16Then we will give you
our daughters and take
your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become
one people with you.
17But if you will not agree to be circumcised,
we’ll take our sister and go.”
18Their proposal seemed
good to Hamor and his
19The young man, who
was the most honored of
all his father’s family,
lost no time in doing what they said, because
he was delighted with
20So Hamor and his son
Shechem went to the gate
of their city to speak to
the men of their city.
21“These men are friendly toward us,” they
said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it;
the land has plenty of room for them. We can
marry their daughters and
they can marry ours.
22But the men will agree
to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males
be circumcised, as they
23Won’t their livestock,
their property and all
their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”
24All the men who went
out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and
his son Shechem, and every male in the city
25Three days later, while
all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi,
Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked
the unsuspecting city,
killing every male.
26They put Hamor and
his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah
from Shechem’s house and left.
27The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city
where their sister had been defiled.
28They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city
and out in the fields.
29They carried off all their wealth and all their
women and children,
taking as plunder everything in the houses.
30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You
have brought trouble on
me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if
they join forces against
me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”
31But they replied,
“Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
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