Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Genesis 34

Dinah is ravished by Shechem.

Genesis 34:1 Then went forth Dinah, the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob,—to see the daughters of the land. Genesis 34:2 And Shechem, son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the land, saw her,—so he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. Genesis 34:3 And his soul clave unto Dinah, daughter of Jacob,—and he loved the young woman, and spake to the heart of the young woman.

He sueth to marry her.

Genesis 34:4 Then spake Shechem unto Hamor his father, saying,—Take me this girl, to wife! Genesis 34:5 Now, Jacob, had heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter, but, his sons, happened to be with his cattle, in the field,—so Jacob kept quiet, until they came in.

Genesis 34:6 Then came forth Hamor, father of Shechem, unto Jacob,—to speak with him. Genesis 34:7 Now, the sons of Jacob, came in from the field, as soon as they heard, and the men were grieved, and it was vexing to them exceedingly,—for, a disgraceful deed, had he done with Israel, in lying with Jacob's daughter, seeing that, so, it should not be done. Genesis 34:8 So then Hamor spake with them, saying—As for Shechem my son, his soul hath become attached to your daughter,—I pray you give her to him, to wife. Genesis 34:9 And exchange ye daughters with us in marriage,—your daughters, shall ye give to us, and, our daughters, shall ye take to you. Genesis 34:10 And, with us, shall ye dwell,—and, the land, shall be before you, tarry, and go through it, and get possessions therein. Genesis 34:11 Then said Shechem unto her father, and unto her brethren, Let me find favour in your eyes,—and, whatsoever ye may say unto me, will I give: Genesis 34:12 Heap on me, exceedingly, dowry and gift, and I will give, just as ye may say unto me,—but give me the young woman, to wife.

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

Genesis 34:13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem, and Hamor his father, deceitfully, and spake (because he had defiled Dinah their sister)— Genesis 34:14 and said unto them—We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to a man that is uncircumcised,—for, a reproach, it would be to us. Genesis 34:15 Only herein, can we consent to you,—If ye will become like us, by circumcising to you every male, Genesis 34:16 then will we give our daughters to, you, and, your daughters, will we take to, us,—and we will dwell with you, and become one people. Genesis 34:17 But, if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter, and be gone. Genesis 34:18 And their words looked fair, in the eyes of Hamor,—and in the eyes of Shechem, Hamor's son; Genesis 34:19 and the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter,—he, moreover being more honourable than all the house of his father.

Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it.

Genesis 34:20 So Hamor entered, with Shechem his son, into the gate of their city,—and they spake unto the men of their city, saying: Genesis 34:21 As for these men, in peace, they are, with us—let them therefore dwell in the land, and go through it, for, the land, lo! it is roomy on both hands, before them,—their daughters, let us take to us for wives, and, our daughters, let us give to them. Genesis 34:22 Only herein, will the men consent to us, to dwell with us, to become one people,—If we circumcise to us every male, even as, they, are circumcised. Genesis 34:23 Their herds, and their substance, and all their beasts, shall, they, not be, ours? Only, we must consent to them, that they may dwell with us. Genesis 34:24 And they hearkened unto Hamor, and unto Shechem his son, even all that were going forth out of the gate of his city,—and every male was circumcised, all that were going forth out of the gate of his city.

The sons of Jacob upon that advantage slay them,

Genesis 34:25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took each man his sword, and came in upon the city, boldly,—and slew every male; Genesis 34:26 Hamor also, and Shechem his son, slew they with the edge of the sword,—and took Dinah out of the house of Shechem, and came forth.

and spoil their city.

Genesis 34:27 The sons of Jacob, came in upon the slain, and plundered the city,—because they had defiled their sister: Genesis 34:28 their flocks, and their herds, and their asses,—and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field, they took; Genesis 34:29 and, all their wealth, and all their little ones and their women, took they captive, and seized as plunder,—even all that was in their houses.

Jacob reproveth Simeon and Levi.

Genesis 34:30 Then said Jacob unto Simeon and unto Levi—Ye have troubled me, by making me odious among them that dwell in the land, among the Canaanites, and among the Perizzites,—I, having only men that may be counted, they will gather themselves together against me, and smite me,—and I shall be destroyed, both I, and my house. Genesis 34:31 And they said,—As with a harlot, was he to deal with our sister.

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