Genesis 34

1Dinah was the daughter of Leah and Jacob. One day, Dinah went out to see the women of that place. 2Hamor was the king of that land. His son Shechem saw Dinah. Shechem kidnapped her and raped her. 3Then Shechem fell in love with Dinah and wanted to marry her. 4Shechem told his father, “Please get this girl for me so that I can marry her.” 5Jacob learned that the boy had done this very bad thing to his daughter. But all Jacob’s sons were out in the field with the cattle. So Jacob did nothing until they came home. 6At that time, Shechem’s father, Hamor, went to talk with Jacob. 7In the fields, Jacob’s sons heard the news about what happened. They were very angry when they heard this. They were mad because Shechem had brought shame to Israel by raping Jacob’s daughter. The brothers came in from the fields as soon as they heard about the terrible thing Shechem had done. 8But Hamor talked to the brothers. He said, “My son Shechem wants Dinah very much. Please let him marry her. 9This marriage will show we have a special agreement. Then our men can marry your women, and your men can marry our women. 10You can live in the same land with us. You will be free to own the land and to trade here.” 11Shechem also talked to Jacob and the brothers. Shechem said, “Please accept me. I will do anything you ask me to do. 12I will give you any gift you want if you only allow me to marry Dinah. I will give you anything you ask, but let me marry Dinah.” 13Jacob’s sons decided to lie to Shechem and his father. The brothers were still mad because Shechem had done such a bad thing to their sister Dinah. 14So the brothers said to him, “We cannot allow you to marry our sister because you are not yet circumcised. It would be wrong for our sister to marry you. 15But we will allow you to marry her if you do this one thing: Every man in your town must become circumcised like us. 16Then your men can marry our women, and our men can marry your women. Then we will become one people. 17If you refuse to be circumcised, then we will take Dinah away.” 18This agreement made Hamor and Shechem very happy. 19Shechem was very happy to do what Dinah’s brothers asked. Shechem was the most honored man in his family. 20Hamor and Shechem went to the meeting place of their city. They spoke to the men of the city and said, 21“These people of Israel want to be friends with us. We want to let them live in our land and be at peace with us. We have enough land for all of us. We are free to marry their women. And we are happy to give them our women for marriage. 22But there is one thing that all our men must agree to do. All our men must agree to become circumcised the same as the people of Israel. 23If we do this, then we will become rich from all their cattle and animals. So we should make this agreement with them, and they will stay here with us.” 24All the men who heard this in the meeting place agreed with Hamor and Shechem. And every man was circumcised at that time. 25Three days later, the men who were circumcised were still sore. Two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, knew that the men would be weak at this time. So they went to the city and killed all the men there. 26Dinah’s brothers, Simeon and Levi, killed Hamor and his son Shechem. Then they took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and left. 27Jacob’s sons went to the city and stole everything that was there. They were still angry because of what Shechem did to their sister. 28So the brothers took all their animals. They took all their donkeys and everything else in the city and in the fields. 29The brothers took everything those people owned. The brothers even took the wives and children. 30But Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have given me much trouble. All the people in this place will hate me. All the Canaanite people and the Perizzite people will turn against me. There are only a few of us. If the people in this place gather together to fight against us, then I will be destroyed. And all our people will be destroyed with me.” 31But the brothers said, “Should we let those people treat our sister like a prostitute? No! Those people were wrong to do that to our sister!”

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