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Genesis 34

Dinah is ravished by Shechem.

Genesis 34:1 Then Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare vnto Iaakob, went out to see the daughters of that countrey. Genesis 34:2 Whome when Shechem the sonne of Hamor the Hiuite lorde of that countrey sawe, hee tooke her, and lay with her, and defiled her. Genesis 34:3 So his heart claue vnto Dinah the daughter of Iaakob: and he loued the maide, & spake kindely vnto the maide.

He sueth to marry her.

Genesis 34:4 Then said Shechem to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this maide to wife. Genesis 34:5 (Nowe Iaakob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter, and his sonnes were with his cattell in the fielde: therefore Iaakob helde his peace, vntill they were come.)

Genesis 34:6 Then Hamor the father of Shechem went out vnto Iaakob to commune with him. Genesis 34:7 And whe the sonnes of Iaakob were come out of the fielde and heard it, it grieued the men, & they were very angry, because he had wrought villenie in Israel, in that he had lyen with Iaakobs 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: giue her him to wife, I pray you. Genesis 34:9 So make affinitie with vs: giue 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 doe your businesse in it, and haue your possessions therein. Genesis 34:11 Shechem also said vnto her father & vnto her brethren, Let me finde fauour in your eyes, and I will giue whatsoeuer ye shall appoint me. Genesis 34:12 Aske of me abundantly both dowrie and giftes, and I will giue as ye appoint me, so that ye giue me the maide to wife.

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

Genesis 34:13 Then the sonnes of Iaakob answered Shechem and Hamor his father, talking deceitfully, because he had defiled Dinah their sister, Genesis 34:14 And they said vnto them, We can not do this thing, to giue our sister to an vncircumcised man: for that were a reproofe vnto vs. Genesis 34:15 But in this will we consent vnto you, if ye will be as we are, that euery man childe among you be circumcised: Genesis 34:16 Then will we giue our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to vs, and will dwell with you, and be one people. Genesis 34:17 But if ye will not hearken vnto vs to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter and depart. Genesis 34:18 Nowe their wordes pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamors sonne. Genesis 34:19 And the yong man deferd not to doe the thing because he loued Iaakobs daughter: he was also the most set by of all his fathers house.

Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it.

Genesis 34:20 Then Hamor and Shechem his Sonne went vnto the gate of their citie, and communed with the men of their citie, saying, Genesis 34:21 These men are peaceable with vs: and that they may dwell in the land, and doe their affaires therin (for behold, the land hath roume ynough for them) let vs take their daughters to wiues, and giue them our daughters. Genesis 34:22 Onely herein will the men consent vnto vs for to dwell with vs, and to be one people, if all the men children among vs be circumcised as they are circumcised. Genesis 34:23 Shall not their flockes and their substance and all their cattell be ours? onely let vs consent herein vnto them, and they will dwell with vs. Genesis 34:24 And vnto Hamor, and Shechem his sonne hearkened all that went out of the gate of his citie: and all the men children were circumcised, euen all that went out of the gate of his citie.

The sons of Jacob upon that advantage slay them,

Genesis 34:25 And on the thirde day (when they were sore) two of the sonnes of Iaakob, Simeon and Leui, Dinahs brethren tooke either of them his sworde and went into the citie boldly, and slue euery male. Genesis 34:26 They slewe also Hamor and Shechem his sonne with the edge of the sword, & tooke Dinah out of Shechems house, and went their way.

and spoil their city.

Genesis 34:27 Againe the other sonnes of Iaakob came vpon the dead, and spoyled the citie, because they had defiled their sister. Genesis 34:28 They tooke their sheepe & their beeues, and their asses, and whatsoeuer was in the citie, and in the fieldes. Genesis 34:29 Also they caryed away captiue & spoyled all their goods, and all their children and their wiues, and all that was in the houses.

Jacob reproveth Simeon and Levi.

Genesis 34:30 Then Iaakob said to Simeon and Leui, Ye haue troubled me, and made me stinke among the inhabitats of the land, aswell the Canaanites, as the Perizzites, and and I being few in nomber, they shall gather theselues together against me, & slay me, and so shall I, and my house be destroied. Genesis 34:31 And they answered, Shoulde hee abuse our sister as a whore?

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