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Genesis 34 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One day Dinah, the daughter Leah had given Jacob, went to visit some of the women in that country. 1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
2 Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite who was chieftain there, saw her and raped her. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her.
3 Then he felt a strong attraction to Dinah, Jacob's daughter, fell in love with her and wooed her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.
4 Shechem went to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl for my wife." 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."
5 Jacob heard that Shechem had raped his daughter Dinah, but his sons were out in the fields with the livestock so he didn't say anything until they got home. 5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.
6 Hamor, Shechem's father, went to Jacob to work out marriage arrangements. 6 Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
7 Meanwhile Jacob's sons on their way back from the fields heard what had happened. They were outraged, explosive with anger. Shechem's rape of Jacob's daughter was intolerable in Israel and not to be put up with. 7 Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter--a thing that should not be done.
8 Hamor spoke with Jacob and his sons, "My son Shechem is head over heels in love with your daughter - give her to him as his wife. 8 But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
9 Intermarry with us. Give your daughters to us and we'll give our daughters to you. 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
10 Live together with us as one family. Settle down among us and make yourselves at home. Prosper among us." 10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it."
11 Shechem then spoke for himself, addressing Dinah's father and brothers: "Please, say yes. I'll pay anything. 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.
12 Set the bridal price as high as you will - the sky's the limit! Only give me this girl for my wife." 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 girl as my wife."
13 Jacob's sons answered Shechem and his father with cunning. Their sister, after all, had been raped. 13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob's sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.
14 They said, "This is impossible. We could never give our sister to a man who was uncircumcised. Why, we'd be disgraced. 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.
15 The only condition on which we can talk business is if all your men become circumcised like us. 15 We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
16 Then we will freely exchange daughters in marriage and make ourselves at home among you and become one big, happy family. 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.
17 But if this is not an acceptable condition, we will take our sister and leave." 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."
18 That seemed fair enough to Hamor and his son Shechem. 18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.
19 The young man was so smitten with Jacob's daughter that he proceeded to do what had been asked. He was also the most admired son in his father's family. 19 The young man, who was the most honored of all his father's household, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter.
20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the public square and spoke to the town council: 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to their fellow townsmen.
21 "These men like us; they are our friends. Let them settle down here and make themselves at home; there's plenty of room in the country for them. And, just think, we can even exchange our daughters in marriage. 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.
22 But these men will only accept our invitation to live with us and become one big family on one condition, that all our males become circumcised just as they themselves are. 22 But the men will consent to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.
23 This is a very good deal for us - these people are very wealthy with great herds of livestock and we're going to get our hands on it. So let's do what they ask and have them settle down with us." 23 Won't their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us give our consent to them, and they will settle among us."
24 Everyone who was anyone in the city agreed with Hamor and his son, Shechem; every male was circumcised. 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.
25 Three days after the circumcision, while all the men were still very sore, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each with his sword in hand, walked into the city as if they owned the place and murdered every man there. 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.
26 They also killed Hamor and his son Shechem, rescued Dinah from Shechem's house, and left. 26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem's house and left.
27 When the rest of Jacob's sons came on the scene of slaughter, they looted the entire city in retaliation for Dinah's rape. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.
28 Flocks, herds, donkeys, belongings - everything, whether in the city or the fields - they took. 28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.
29 And then they took all the wives and children captive and ransacked their homes for anything valuable. 29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
30 Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You've made my name stink to high heaven among the people here, these Canaanites and Perizzites. If they decided to gang up on us and attack, as few as we are we wouldn't stand a chance; they'd wipe me and my people right off the map." 30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench 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."
31 They said, "Nobody is going to treat our sister like a whore and get by with it." 31 But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"