Genesis 34:24

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And vnto Hamor and vnto Shechem his sonne, hearkened all that went out of the gate of his citie; and euery male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his citie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then all the men of the town gave ear to the words of Hamor and Shechem his son; and every male in the town underwent circumcision.
- Basic English Bible

And all that went out at the gate of his city hearkened to Hamor and to Shechem his son; and every male was circumcised -- all that went out at the gate of his city.
- Darby Bible

And to Hamor and to 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.
- Webster's Bible

All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor, and to Shechem his son; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.
- World English Bible

And unto Hamor, and unto Shechem his son, hearken do all those going out of the gate of his city, and every male is circumcised, all those going out of the gate of his city.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Genesis 34

  • Ohmboy
    Doesn't the Bible Uphold treachery in the sons as a kind of honor? Who was the real Dinah? As with much of the Bible, we are given a 'sanitized' version of events. Can we ever know the real story, Sans Faith.
  • Dewey J
    Donna George, I concur with you completely that Dinah was to be blame for all the evil her family brought on the people of Shechem. I will go on to boldly say that she was primarily to be blamed because she set fire of evil by her action that burned out out of control. However, God did prohibit the seed of his covenant people the seed of Abraham from intermarrying with foreigners Deut.7:3. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Praise God! Amen!
  • Dewey J
    Faderogba, you are absolutely correct God is the only true Judge of all. However, in many cases God use man to carry out his judgments in this particular story Simeon and Levi Pr.16:4. It was still God 's will because he didn 't want his covenant people the seed of Abraham intermarrying with foreigners see hundreds of years later in the law of God given to moses for the Hebrew people Deut. 7:3 "neither shalt thou make marriage with them, thou daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thou son.
  • Dewey J
    Lorenzo, nice comments on this story. But my sympathy is with our Almighty God rather than with Shechem or anyone else in this story. Though he did love Dinah very much he should have learn of the customs of her people. Diana 's is at fault as well because she knew the rules of her father and even more importantly the commandments of God. God always commanded the Hebrew people not to intermarriage with foreigns because this was the start of his building a nation to make his name known to the whole world. Ez. 39:7,over 400 hundred years later after God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt he gave Moses his laws for all the Hebrew people saying in Duet. 7:3 "Neither shalt thou make marriages with them -the people of the land-thou daughters thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thou son. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Lorenzo
    OK, I can 't let it go. I cannot but feel sorry for Shechem. OK, maybe he was a little heavy handed in his "courtship " of Dinah, but I think that may have been the custom of the day. The record is silent as to her desires regarding her continued association with him. BUT, he had it bad. He LOVED the lady. He and his father enter into negotiations to make the union acceptable to all. Ultimately, they even agree to have their whole clan undergo circumcision a not so trivial procedure as an adult . That this offer was really a ploy to incapacitate the men of the clan is especially a dirty trick. So poor Shechem, notwithstanding his impatient approach to Dina, having fallen in love, even submits to circumcision the first of his people . There is little to challenge his good faith, nor his people 's, in submitting to this in order to become "one people " with Jacob 's band. As they say, all that they have will be ours, and all the we have will be theirs, and their women can be our wives and vice versa. Good enlightened self-interest and even good for Darwinian increasing the gene pool, not to mention even good for demonstrating the brotherhood of man. But the sons of Jacob would have it otherwise, more interested in avenging their "honor " than in the welfare of anyone, even of their own band.
  • F aderogba
    Judgement should be left for our Heavenly Father. Nobody should slay anyone because our life belong to God and he is the only one who is allow to take life not us.

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