They said to him, "We cannot let our sister marry a man who is not circumcised; that would be a disgrace for us.
We can agree only on the condition that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
Then we will agree to intermarriage. We will settle among you and become one people with you.
But if you will not accept our terms and be circumcised, we will take her and leave."
These terms seemed fair to Hamor and his son Shechem,
and the young man lost no time in doing what was suggested, because he was in love with Jacob's daughter. He was the most important member of his family.
Hamor and his son Shechem went to the meeting place at the city gate and spoke to the people of the town:
"These men are friendly; let them live in the land with us and travel freely. The land is large enough for them also. Let us marry their daughters and give them ours in marriage.
But these men will agree to live among us and be one people with us only on the condition that we circumcise all our males, as they are circumcised.
Won't all their livestock and everything else they own be ours? So let us agree that they can live among us."
All the citizens of the city agreed with what Hamor and Shechem proposed, and all the males were circumcised.