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Genesis 34 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Dinah and the Shechemites

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:1 - Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:2 - When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:3 - His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:4 - And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:5 - When 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:6 - Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:7 - Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in[fn] Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:8 - But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:9 - Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:10 - You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade[fn] in it, and acquire property in it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:11 - Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:12 - Make 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:13 - Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:14 - They 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:15 - We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:16 - Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:17 - But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:18 - Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:19 - The 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 Jacob’s daughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:20 - So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:21 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:22 - But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:23 - Won’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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:24 - All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:25 - Three 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:26 - They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:27 - The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where[fn] their sister had been defiled.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:28 - They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:29 - They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:30 - Then 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 34:31 - But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
NIV Footnotes
Or against
Or move about freely; also in verse 21
Or because

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