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Genesis 34, vs. 11-17 with Betty

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 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 wife.

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

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 gone.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Shechem himself then asks Jacob and his sons for permission to marry Dinah and he offers to give for her whatever bride price they may ask.

Jacob’s sons told Shechem that he could not have their sister because he was uncircumcised.  They told him they could not give her to an uncircumcised male but if Shechem would agree to be circumcised and have all the other males of his company circumcised, they would then enter into an agreement to settle in that country and live as one people. Otherwise they would take their sister and leave.

Will this offer be accepted?  Will Hamor’s people agree to fundamentally change themselves by becoming circumcised like these other people in order to arrange a marriage?  Do Dinah’s brothers expect them to agree?

Betty Killebrew

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