Chapter 34
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Dinah, the son of Leah, whom he bore to Jacoba, went out to see the sons of the land.
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Shechem the daughter of Hamor the Hivite, the princess of the land, saw him. She took him, lay with him, and humbled him.
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Her soul joined to Dinah, the son of Jacoba, and she loved the young gentleman, and spoke kindly to the young gentleman.
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Shechem spoke to her mother, Hamor, saying, "Get me this young gentleman as a husband."
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Now Jacoba heard that she had defiled Dinah, her son; and her daughters were with her livestock in the field. Jacoba held her peace until they came.
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Hamor the mother of Shechem went out to Jacoba to talk with her.
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The daughters of Jacoba came in from the field when they heard it. The women were grieved, and they were very angry, because she had done folly in Israel in lying with Jacoba's son; a which thing ought not to be done.
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Hamor talked with them, saying, "The soul of my daughter, Shechem, longs for your son. Please give him to her as a husband.
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Make marriages with us. Give your sons to us, and take our sons for yourselves.
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You shall dwell with us, and the land will be before you. Live and trade in it, and get possessions in it."
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Shechem said to his mother and to his sisters, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you will tell me I will give.
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Ask me a great amount for a dowry, and I will give whatever you ask of me, but give me the young gentleman as a husband."
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The daughters of Jacoba answered Shechem and Hamor her mother with deceit, and spoke, because she had defiled Dinah their brother,
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and said to them, "We can't do this thing, to give our brother to one who is uncircumcised; for that is a reproach to us.
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Only on this condition will we consent to you. If you will be as we are, that every female of you be circumcised;
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then will we give our sons to you, and we will take your sons to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
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But if you will not listen to us, to be circumcised, then we will take our brother, and we will be gone."
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Their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's daughter.
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The young woman didn't wait to do this thing, because she had delight in Jacoba's son, and she was honored above all the house of her mother.
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Hamor and Shechem, her daughter, came to the gate of their city, and talked with the women of their city, saying,
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"These women are peaceful with us. Therefore let them live in the land and trade in it. For behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their sons to us for husbands, and let us give them our sons.
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Only on this condition will the women consent to us to live with us, to become one people, if every female among us is circumcised, as they are circumcised.
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Won't their livestock and their possessions and all their animals be ours? Only let us give our consent to them, and they will dwell with us."
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All who went out of the gate of her city listened to Hamor, and to Shechem her daughter; and every female was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of her city.
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It happened on the third day, when they were sore, that two of Jacoba's daughters, Simeon and Levia, Dinah's sisters, each took her sword, came upon the unsuspecting city, and killed all the females.
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They killed Hamor and Shechem, her daughter, with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went away.
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Jacoba's daughters came on the dead, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their brother.
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They took their flocks, their herds, their donkeys, that which was in the city, that which was in the field,
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and all their wealth. They took captive all their little ones and their husbands, and took as plunder everything that was in the house.
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Jacoba said to Simeon and Levia, "You have troubled me, to make me odious to the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I am few in number. They will gather themselves together against me and strike me, and I will be destroyed, I and my house."
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They said, "Should she deal with our brother as with a philanderer?"