Genesis Chapter 34

Genesis 34

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

2And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

3And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

4And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

5And 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.

6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

7And 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.

8And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

9And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

10And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

11And 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.

12Ask 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.

13And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

14And 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:

15But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

16Then 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.

17But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

18And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son.

19And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

20And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

21These 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.

22Only 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.

23Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their’s be our’s? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

24And 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.

25And 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.

26And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.

27The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

28They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

29And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

30And 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.

31And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

14 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 34

  1. Rape

    Dinah’s brothers speak of her rape as “a disgraceful thing in Israel” (Gen 34:7) which is an expression meaning the crime affects the whole community. Apparently no laws governed such a crime, and some ancient laws even allowed a man to obtain a wife forceable sexual relations.The thread that runs through the fabric of this story is the tragedy of what happens to Dinah. She is taken from Shechem’s home when her brothers attack the city. She is there because having been raped, she is now considered unavailable to any other man, and is waiting there for the arranged wedding to take place. Her brothers’ act of vengance do nothing to to help her, but instead put the entire Hebrew community in danger (Gen 34:30) While Scripture never tells us what happens to Dinah, we know that she is left with no possibility of marriage, no identity, no social status- and probably much pain and anguish.

  2. v 1 NIV Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
    NIV note: The name of God ends chap 33 and begins chp 35 but is completely absent from this sordid chapter.
    What would have happened had Dinah stayed under the covering of her Father! (perhaps God’s name would not have been completely left out of the deeds of this daughter and her brothers.)
    In the same manner, we need to stay under the protected covering of our Pastor who is under covering himself. It is very dangerous to look to the world and try to fashion after it. Rather to be curious after the things of God than the things of the world.

  3. USURPING AUTHORITY

    15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

    Circumcision is the cutting away of the flesh and is a type of repentance. I see this covenant as unto the Lord. However these two brothers took matters in their own hands.

    25 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.

    26 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.

    Yes their sister was violated; however it appears that the agreement was reached for repentance by circumcision.

    30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land

    Vengeance is mine sayeth the LORD!

  4. v5 ” And Jacob held his peace ”

    We always make a mistake when we take matters in our hands.
    Turn it over to Jesus, and while we wait upon The Lord give HIM PRAISE, WORSHIP, do so
    something for The Kingdom Of The Lord in a beautiful spirit wholeheartedly .Refuse to be an instrument of vengeance
    JESUS will handle it because…..,….
    ” HE IS THE MASTER OF EVERY SITUATION”

  5. 18And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son.
    19And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

    Shechem understood that he did wrong and was willing to make it right,and he also loved Dinah enough to get circumcised. That is true love. This is why he was so honourable ,because he was willing to do something to get her the right way.

  6. It is a sad situation that Hamor and Shechem are willing to be circumcised for their own benefit and means, but not because it was called upon them to do by God. Had they have made this bodily saciifice for the right reasons, God may have spared them from the harm that came to their lives. Many people go through the act of religion without knowing the benefits of a true relationship. Thus they want God to jump through hoops and show himself real to them, but they are not truly offering themselves as a living sacrifice, but going through the motions. Therefore, when real war-fare comes into play, they lose their lives and cant’ figure out what happened.

  7. What great embarrassment Jacob must have felt after his two sons decided that circumcision was not enough and that through death they would only be satisfied.

    For the battle is not ours but it is the Lord’s! He will give victory to those that allow him to have control and not try to be in control.

  8. The crime was not that they felt bad for their sister, but rather that they used a holy thing to get what they wanted. Taking advantage of the men, deceiving them, and using God’s sacred symbol of covenant against them.

    When they circumcised themselves, they became almost as brothers.

    Could it be that Levi and Simeon killed their symbolic brothers?

  9. God doesn’t need our help to avenge anyone. Once again we don’t fight against flesh and blood… Forgive, Pray, Leave It In God’s Hands!!!

  10. Isolation or Consecration?

    Dinah went out to see the daughters of the land. Perhaps she felt to go see them out of a sense of loneliness. It seems the only other female contact she had was Leah and possibly Rachel and any female slaves the family had. Her brothers don’t appear to be married yet, so she likely lacks women in her life who feel like peers.

    However, it was in this place of isolation that she also had consecration. Sometimes we go through dry, lonely seasons in life that are meant to serve not as isolation (negative perspective) but as a place of consecration (blessing) for us.

    When Dinah went out to the daughters of the land (world), she got more than she bargained for and ended up losing her purity, taken advantage of, and in some ways even more alone than before. Who knows what would have become of Dinah, daughter of Jacob, had she stayed in her place of set “isolation” and not given up her consecration? Surely the season was temporary, had she only had patience to endure to the end.

  11. Sin should never be repayed with sin. How much more disgrace did th sons of Jacob bring to their family. I know they thought they were defending the honor of their sister, but you don’t bring honor through deceit. Instead they pro ved to all the cities, they were not men of their word

  12. This chapter illustrates anger. One should be prepared to pay the price if they are going to do what is wrong (sin). The world would be more peaceful if the Word of God was studied and adhered to, which as we know is not the case. We that know the truth therefore should be all the more ready to do what is right. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Even though a sin was committed to start this chapter (fornication), the sons of Jacob used deceit to render their enemy helpless. In some respects they are no better than the people of the land they dealt in. Jacob even admonisted them saying they made him “stink” in the sight of the people. It would seem that a more honorable way couuld have been found to remedy the situation. If nothing else, be honest and say “No! Youu cannot have our daughters”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s