Genesis Chapter 34 (Review)

  1. And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

Leah’s daughter-Dinah then went to hang out with the daughters of the land (Canaan).

  1. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

Then Shechem saw her, took her, lay with her and in that point, she was defiled. He raped her.

  1. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

And in that instant, his soul clave (like melting pieces of iron together to become one, cling, stick…) unto her. And he loved her and spoke kindly unto her.

  1. And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

Shechem then told his father he would love to marry her, he should get her for him. Understand that he had to tell his father this way and ask his father to get it for him because back then, the father chooses the bride and does the wedding arrangements. Only few people drifted away, Lamech, Esau…. So, he told his father to get her for him.

  1. And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

Israel already heard that Dinah was defiled by Shechem and he was in the field and waited till they came…he didn’t do anything…he just waited first.

  1. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

Then Shechem’s father came unto Israel to talk.

  1. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

When Israel’s sons heard of it, they were angry because Shechem had acted foolishly.  What he did was never meant to have been done.

  1. And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

And Shechem’s father spoke to them all…now Israel and his sons were together…my sons soul…longs for your daughter. Please, let him marry her.

  1. And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

You can marry us, we can marry you

  1. And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you ; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

Live and dwell with us. Trade and do what you wish.

  1. And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give

Then Shechem told Israel… Let me find grace in your sight. Whatever you ask me to give, I will

  1. Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

Ask me for any amount of dowry…ill pay…but please let me wife her.

  1. And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
  2. and they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
  3. but in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
  4. then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
  5. But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

Then the sons of Israel ‘deceitfully’ (a trait from their father) -because Dinah was defiled…
Said…we cannot give our sister to one who is uncircumcised. It is shameful.
But if you will agree to be circumcised, we will give her to you and we can then marry from you and you can marry from us. Then we can be one.
And if you disagree and would not be circumcised, we will take our daughter and leave.

  1. And their words pleased Hamor and Shechem Hamor’s son
  2. And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honorable than all the house of his father.

Now because of the love between them, he felt if it was just circumcision that was between them, why not get circumcised?
Shechem was more honourable than the house of his father. A rapist was the most honourable in his family. What a family. The most admired child

  1. And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
  2. These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
  3. Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
  4. Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
  5. And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

Then Shechem and his father went into the gates of their city, declaring peace and oneness with Israel’s family and saying they should not be restricted from activities.
For us to be one people, there is just one condition… We all have to be circumcised. But do not look at it that way. The advantage to it is that we get to marry from them as well. All they have is ours just as all we have is theirs.
And all the men of the city agreed to what Shechem and his father said. And all the males were circumcised.

  1. And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
  2. And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.

Now 3 days into the circumcision journey, the men were sore. I mean…at that age…circumcision. They probably won’t be able to stand properly or walk well.

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Then Dinah’s brothers… Simon and Levi then came into the city boldly (remember that there were no more restrictions and the men were sore) and they slew all the males.
Including Shechem and his father. And took their sister…and left. (Why was she in his house? She might have liked him as well or consented him to do what he did}

  1. The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
  2. They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
  3. and all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house

They slain, spoilt and destroyed a whole city and turned women to widows and making children fatherless….because one man defiled their sister.
Then they took all the goods of the city and even the wives and children as slaves.

  1. And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house

You’ve brought trouble into my life. As little as we are in number, they shall attack and slay me, and I’ll be destroyed, both me and my house/.

  1. And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?

Really? After he treated our sister as a harlot?…that’s all you can think of…

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