Genesis 34 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One day Dinah, Leah's daughter, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area. 1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
2 But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw her, he took 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 But Shechem's love for Dinah was strong, and he tried to win her affection. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.
4 He even spoke to his father about it. "Get this girl for me," he demanded. "I want to marry her." 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."
5 Word soon reached Jacob that his daughter had been defiled, but his sons were out in the fields herding cattle so he did nothing until they returned. 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 Meanwhile, Hamor, Shechem's father, came out to discuss the matter with Jacob. 6 Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
7 He arrived just as Jacob's sons were coming in from the fields. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob's family, a thing that should never have been done. 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 told Jacob and his sons, "My son Shechem is truly in love with your daughter, and he longs for her to be his wife. Please let him marry her. 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 We invite you to let your daughters marry our sons, and we will give our daughters as wives for your young men. 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
10 And you may live among us; the land is open to you! Settle here and trade with us. You are free to acquire property 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 Then Shechem addressed Dinah's father and brothers. "Please be kind to me, and let me have her as my wife," he begged. "I will give whatever you require. 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 No matter what dowry or gift you demand, I will pay it -- only give me the girl as 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 But Dinah's brothers deceived Shechem and Hamor because of what Shechem had done to their sister. 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 to them, "We couldn't possibly allow this, because you aren't circumcised. It would be a disgrace for her to marry a man like you! 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 But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are, 15 We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
16 we will intermarry with you and live here and unite with you to become one people. 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 Otherwise we will take her and be on our way." 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."
18 Hamor and Shechem gladly agreed, 18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.
19 and Shechem lost no time in acting on this request, for he wanted Dinah desperately. Shechem was a highly respected member of his 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 and he appeared with his father before the town leaders to present this proposal. 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to their fellow townsmen.
21 "Those men are our friends," they said. "Let's invite them to live here among us and ply their trade. For the land is large enough to hold them, and we can intermarry with them. 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 they will consider staying here only on one condition. Every one of us men must be circumcised, just as they 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 But if we do this, all their flocks and possessions will become ours. Come, let's agree to this so they will settle here among 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 So all the men agreed and were 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 But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Dinah's brothers, Simeon and Levi, took their swords, entered the town without opposition, and slaughtered 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 including Hamor and Shechem. They rescued Dinah from Shechem's house and returned to their camp. 26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem's house and left.
27 Then all of Jacob's sons plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.
28 They seized all the flocks and herds and donkeys -- everything they could lay their hands on, both inside the town and outside in the fields. 28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.
29 They also took all the women and children and wealth of every kind. 29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
30 Afterward Jacob said to Levi and Simeon, "You have made me stink among all the people of this land -- among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will come and crush us. We will all be killed!" 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 "Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?" they retorted angrily. 31 But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"