Revenge For Dinah

And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. Genesis 34:2

Now as the nation of Israel was beginning to form through Jacob (Israel) and his family, trouble has already started. A man named Shechem, who was a Hivite, now the Hivites lived in the land of Caanan where Israel was going to be formed. Hivites were descendants of Ham who was a son of Noah

Shechem raped Dinah who is the daughter of Jacob. This is obviously going to create great strife between the groups of people. However Shechem convinces his father Hamor to try and convince Jacob to let him marry his daughter. This will prove to be a fatal mistake by the Hivites

And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister: Genesis 34:13

Jacobs sons were deceitfully going to setup a deal with the Hivites to get revenge on them for what Shechem has done. They told them if all of the males become circumcised, they will make an agreement with them to merge together. Shechem was so eager to have Dinah for his wife, he convinced his father Hamor to agree to the deal

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. Genesis 34:25

It says that every male of the Hivites agreed to the deal and became circumcised. However Jacobs sons were looking for revenge. And while the men were all recovering from their circumcision, the brothers of Dinah came in and killed them all by their own sword

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. Genesis 34:30

Jacob was very troubled by the whole sequence of events. He now knows his family are now going to be targets by other tribes living in the land of Canaan once they hear what they have done. And so it begins as Jacob and his family go on to claim the Promise Land that was foretold by God to Abraham

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