Genesis Chapter 34
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7 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.
21 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.
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.
30 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.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 34 Bible commentary...
Dinah defiled by Shechem. (1-19) The Shechemites murdered by Simeon and Levi. (20-31)1-19 Young persons, especially females, are never so safe and well off as under the care of pious parents. Their own ignorance, and the flattery and artifices of designing, wicked people, who are ever laying snares for them, expose them to great danger. They are their own enemies if they desire to go abroad, especially alone, among strangers to true religion. Those parents are very wrong who do not hinder their children from needlessly exposing themselves to danger. Indulged children, like Dinah, often become a grief and shame to their families. Her pretence was, to see the daughters of the land, to see how they dressed, and how they danced, and what was fashionable among them; she went to see, yet that was not all, she went to be seen too. She went to get acquaintance with the Canaanites, and to learn their ways. See what came of Dinah's gadding. The beginning of sin is as the letting forth of water. How great a matter does a little fire kindle! We should carefully avoid all occasions of sin and approaches to it.
20-31 The Shechemites submitted to the sacred rite, only to serve a turn, to please their prince, and to enrich themselves, and it was just with God to bring punishment upon them. As nothing secures us better than true religion, so nothing exposes us more than religion only pretended to. But Simeon and Levi were most unrighteous. Those who act wickedly, under the pretext of religion, are the worst enemies of the truth, and harden the hearts of many to destruction. The crimes of others form no excuse for us. Alas! how one sin leads on to another, and, like flames of fire, spread desolation in every direction! Foolish pleasures lead to seduction; seduction produces wrath; wrath thirsts for revenge; the thirst of revenge has recourse to treachery; treachery issues in murder; and murder is followed by other lawless actions. Were we to trace the history of unlawful commerce between the sexes, we should find it, more than any other sin, ending in blood.
Lynn Mack's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 2/14/2013, 6:55pm...
Genesis 34:25-27 does not say that God told them to do that, but by their freewill, it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Justus Ndolo's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 1/18/2013, 7:49am...
Sinful acts will ever remain sinful. No compromise aspects could cover. And again it was the retributional dispensation, i.e. where eye for an eye was the order of the day.
Timothy Wayne George's Genesis Chapter 34 comment about verse 2 on 1/04/2013, 4:49pm...
The text reads: when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, Dinah, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. The question in this text would be: when is rape really a rape? The torah points out that the woman has a duty to scream, when she is being raped. The text does not say that Dinah screamed, and this would yield another question was this act consented to? Jacob has another problem on his hand, with Shechem wanting to inter-marry with his daughter Dinah. The New Testament states that believers are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. So there was a love relationship there between Dinah, and Shechem. The resulting acts of Dinah's brothers were also wrong, and caused folly in Israel. Jacob did not seem to be the best example of a father, because he favored some of his kids over the others. This is why Joseph's brothers hated him, because he was favored, being the son of Rachel, who was the wife that Jacob loved more than Leah. Had the brothers of Dinah been more protective of her, they would have accompanied her, and this event with Shechem, would never have happened. These things happened to them to be examples unto to us today in the Church Age. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. We are told to be kind one to another, tenderhearted, and forgiving as God for Christ sake has forgiven us. Paul later states let everyman have his own wife, and every woman have her own husband. This is a topic that deserves much discussion in the Church today, so that what happened to Dinah, does not continue to be perpetuated by those with a zeal without knowledge.
André's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 10/02/2012, 1:55pm...
It sure would have been like that, if the girl would be allowed to live a man that did not marry her.
God bless you.
Valerie's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 10/02/2012, 11:36am...
As stated, in verse 31. And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot, was she treated as such?
HLE's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 7/15/2012, 4:14pm...
What Jacob's sons did was repugnant and disgraceful. They proceeded to make a covenant but did not fulfil their part of the bargain. The Word said that they dealt deceptively to the Hivites. However, The LORD always have the last word and will see to it that Israel fulfil it's side of the covenant, because any covenant made in the Name of The LORD must be upheld because that would blaspheme His Holy Name. (In those days each party invoke the name of his god.) So we read in Joshua chapter 9 that the Gibeonite, who were Hivites pulled a deception on Israel in return. This time Israel was forced to uphold its part of the covenant or face dire consequences from The LORD. Even though it took over four hundred years, The LORD see to it that justice was served and His Holy Name is vindicated.
Timothy Wayne George's Genesis Chapter 34 comment on 5/08/2012, 8:21am...
Did God approve of what Jacob's sons did after the rape of their sister Dinah? We must remember that God is a God of love, and love does no harm to his neighbor. We must love the Lord with all our heart,mind, and soul.
We must love our neighbor as our selves. Love was not practiced in this passage nor forgiveness, and the consequence was more sin was committed. If we will stop the violence, then we must do as God has commanded. He who loves much has been forgiven of much, and he who loves little has been forgiven of little. Love is the fulfillment of the law.
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