1611 King James Bible

Genesis 34

Dinah is ravished by Shechem.

Genesis 34:1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which shee bare vnto Iacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. Genesis 34:2 And when Shechem the sonne of Hamor the Hiuite, prince of the countrey saw her, he tooke her, and lay with her, and defiled her. Genesis 34:3 And his soule claue vnto Dinah the daughter of Iacob, and hee loued the damsell, and spake kindly vnto the damsell.

He sueth to marry her.

Genesis 34:4 And Shechem spake vnto his father Hamor, saying, Get mee this damsell to wife. Genesis 34:5 And Iacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter (now his sonnes were with his cattel in the field) and Iacob helde his peace vntill they were come.

Genesis 34:6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out vnto Iacob to commune with him. Genesis 34:7 And the sonnes of Iacob came out of the field when they heard [it], and the men were grieued: and they were very wroth, because hee had wrought folly in Israel, in lying with Iacobs daughter; which thing ought not to be done. Genesis 34:8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soule of my sonne Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you giue her him to wife. Genesis 34:9 And make ye mariages with vs, and giue your daughters vnto vs, and take our daughters vnto you. Genesis 34:10 And ye shall dwell with vs, and the land shall be before you: dwell and trade you therein, and get you possessions therein. Genesis 34:11 And Shechem said vnto her father, and vnto her brethren, Let mee finde grace in your eyes, and what yee shall say vnto me, I will giue. Genesis 34:12 Aske mee neuer so much dowrie and gift, and I will giue according as yee shall say vnto mee: but giue me the damsell to wife.

The sons of Jacob offer their condition of circumcision to the Shechemites.

Genesis 34:13 And the sonnes of Iacob answered Shechem, and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister. Genesis 34:14 And they saide vnto them, wee cannot doe this thing, to giue our sister to one that is vncircumcised: for that were a reproch vnto vs. Genesis 34:15 But in this will we consent vnto you: If ye will be as we [be], that euery male of you be circumcised: Genesis 34:16 Then wil we giue our daughters vnto you, and we wil take your daughters to vs, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. Genesis 34:17 But if ye will not hearken vnto vs, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone. Genesis 34:18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamors sonne. Genesis 34:19 And the yong man deferred not to doe the thing, because he had delight in Iacobs daughter: and he was more honourable then all the house of his father.

Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it.

Genesis 34:20 And Hamor and Shechem his sonne came vnto the gate of their citie, and communed with the men of their citie, saying: Genesis 34:21 These men are peaceable with vs, therefore let them dwel in the land, and trade therein: for the land, behold, it is large enough for them: let vs take their daughters to vs for wiues, and let vs giue them our daughters. Genesis 34:22 Onely herein will the men consent vnto vs, for to dwell with vs to be one people, if euery male among vs bee circumcised, as they are circumcised. Genesis 34:23 Shall not their cattell, and their substance, and euery beast of theirs bee ours? onely let vs consent vnto them, and they will dwell with vs. Genesis 34:24 And vnto Hamor and vnto Shechem his sonne, hearkened all that went out of the gate of his citie; and euery male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his citie.

The sons of Jacob upon that advantage slay them,

Genesis 34:25 And it came to passe on the thirde day when they were sore, that two of the sonnes of Iacob, Simeon and Leui, Dinahs brethren, tooke each man his sword and came vpon the citie boldly, and slew all the males. Genesis 34:26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his sonne, with the edge of the sword, and tooke Dinah out of Shechems house, and went out.

and spoil their city.

Genesis 34:27 The sonnes of Iacob came vpon the slaine, and spoiled the citie, because they had defiled their sister. Genesis 34:28 They tooke their sheepe, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which [was] in the citie, and that which [was] in the field. Genesis 34:29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wiues tooke they captiue, and spoiled euen all that [was] in the house.

Jacob reproveth Simeon and Levi.

Genesis 34:30 And Iacob said to Simeon and Leui, Ye haue troubled me to make me to stinke among the inhabitants of the land, amongst the Canaanites, and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselues together against me, and slay me, and I shal be destroyed, I and my house. Genesis 34:31 And they said, Should hee deale with our sister, as with an harlot?

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