At this time Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of the land, saw her, he took her and forced her to have sexual relations with him.
Shechem fell in love with Dinah, and he spoke kindly to her.
He told his father, Hamor, "Please get this girl for me so I can marry her."
Jacob learned how Shechem had disgraced his daughter, but since his sons were out in the field with the cattle, Jacob said nothing until they came home.
While he waited, Hamor father of Shechem went to talk with Jacob.
When Jacob's sons heard what had happened, they came in from the field. They were very angry that Shechem had done such a wicked thing to Israel. It was wrong for him to have sexual relations with Jacob's daughter; a thing like this should not be done.
But Hamor talked to Dinah's brothers and said, "My son Shechem is deeply in love with Dinah. Please let him marry her.
Marry our people. Give your women to our men as wives and take our women for your men as wives.
You can live in the same land with us. You will be free to own land and to trade here."
Shechem also talked to Jacob and to Dinah's brothers and said, "Please accept my offer. I will give anything you ask.
Ask as much as you want for the payment for the bride, and I will give it to you. Just let me marry Dinah."
Jacob's sons answered Shechem and his father with lies, because Shechem had disgraced their sister Dinah.
The brothers said to them, "We cannot allow you to marry our sister, because you are not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.
But we will allow you to marry her if you do this one thing: Every man in your town must be circumcised like us.
Then your men can marry our women, and our men can marry your women, and we will live in your land and become one people.