Bishops' Bible

Genesis 34

Dinah is ravished by Shechem.

Genesis 34:1 Dina the daughter of Lea, whiche she bare vnto Iacob, went out to see the daughters of the lande. Genesis 34:2 Whom whe Sichem the sonne of Hemor the Heuite Lorde of the countrey sawe, he toke her, & lay with her, and forced her. Genesis 34:3 And his heart laye vnto Dina the daughter of Iacob, and he loued that damsell, and spake kyndly vnto her.

He sueth to marry her.

Genesis 34:4 And Sichem spake vnto his father Hemor, saying: get me this mayden vnto my wyfe. Genesis 34:5 And Iacob heard that he had defiled Dina his daughter, (his sonnes beyng with their cattell in the fielde and Iacob helde his peace vntill they were come.

Genesis 34:6 And Hemor the father of Sichem, went out vnto Iacob to common with hym. Genesis 34:7 And when the sonnes of Iacob (comming out of the fielde) hearde it, it greeued them, and they were not a little wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel, in that he had lien with Iacobs daughter, which thing ought not to be done. Genesis 34:8 And Hemor communed with them, saying: the soule of my sonne Sichem, longeth for your daughter, I pray you geue her him to wyfe. Genesis 34:9 And make maryages with vs, and geue your daughters vnto vs, and take our daughters vnto you. Genesis 34:10 And ye shall dwell with vs, and the lande shalbe before you: dwell, and do your busines therein, and haue possessions therin. Genesis 34:11 And Sichem said, vnto her father and vnto her brethren: let me finde grace in your eyes, and whatsoeuer ye appoint me, that wyll I geue. Genesis 34:12 Aske freely of me both dowry and gyftes, and I wyll geue accordyng as ye say vnto me, so that ye geue me the damsell to wyfe.

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

Genesis 34:13 But the sonnes of Iacob aunswered to Sichem and Hemor his father, talking amongest themselues deceiptfully, because he had defiled Diua their sister. Genesis 34:14 And they sayde vnto them: we can not do this thing, that we shoulde geue our sister to one that is vncircumcised, for that were an abomination vnto vs. Genesis 34:15 But in this will we consent vnto you: if ye wyll be as we be, & all the males amongest you be circumcised: Genesis 34:16 Then wyll we geue our daughters vnto you, and take your daughters to vs, and will dwell with you, and be one people. Genesis 34:17 But and if ye wyll not hearken vnto vs to be circumcised, then wyll we take our daughter, and go our wayes. Genesis 34:18 Theyr wordes pleased Hemor, and Sichem his sonne. Genesis 34:19 And the young man deferde not for to do the thing, because he had a lust to Iacobs daughter: he was also most set by, of all that was in his fathers house.

Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it.

Genesis 34:20 Then Hemor and Sichem his sonne went vnto the gate of their citie, and communed with the men of their citie, saying: Genesis 34:21 These men lyue peaceably among vs, and dwell in the lande, and do theyr occupation therein: and beholde, the lande is large inough for them, we will take their daughters to wiues, & geue them our daughters. Genesis 34:22 Only herein will they consent vnto vs for to dwell with vs, and to be one people: if all the males that are among vs be circumcised, as they are circumcised? Genesis 34:23 Shall not their goodes and their substaunce, and all their cattell be ours? let vs only consent vnto them, and they will dwell with vs. Genesis 34:24 And vnto Hemor & Sichem his sonne, hearkened all that went out at the gate of his citie: and all the males were circumcised, whatsoeuer went out at the gate of his citie.

The sons of Jacob upon that advantage slay them,

Genesis 34:25 And the thirde day, whyles they were sore, two of the sonnes of Iacob, Simeon & Leui Dinas brethren, toke eyther of them his sworde, and went into the citie boldely, and slue all that was male, Genesis 34:26 And slue also Hemor and Sithem his sonne with the edge of the sworde, and toke Dina out of Sichems house, and went theyr way.

and spoil their city.

Genesis 34:27 And the sonnes of Iacob commyng vpon the dead, spoyled the citie, because they had defiled their sister. Genesis 34:28 And toke their sheepe, oxen, and their asses, and whatsoeuer was in the citie, and also in the fieldes. Genesis 34:29 And all their goodes, and all their children, and their wiues, toke they captiue, and made hauocke of all that was in the house.

Jacob reproveth Simeon and Levi.

Genesis 34:30 But Iacob sayde to Simeon & Leui: ye haue troubled me, and made me to be abhorred of the inhabitours of the land of the Chanaanite and the Pherezite: and I beyng fewe in number, they shall gather the selues together against me, and slay me, and so shall I and my house be destroyed. Genesis 34:31 And they aunswered: shoulde he deale with our sister, as with an harlot?

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