Dinah and the Shechemites
1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare
unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince
of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and
3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob,
and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get
me this damsel to wife.
5 And 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.
6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to
commune with him.
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.
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my
son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her
him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters
unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be
before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you
11 And 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.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give
according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his
father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah
14 And 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:
15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be
as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 Then 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.
17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be
circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing,
because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honorable than all the house of his father.
20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of
their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
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.
22 Only 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.
23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every
beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and
they will dwell with us.
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.
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
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled
the city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their
asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in
29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and
their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was
in the house.
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.
31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with