Genesis 34:20
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New International Version
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.

New Living Translation
and he went with his father, Hamor, to present this proposal to the leaders at the town gate.

English Standard Version
So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

New American Standard Bible
So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

King James Bible
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

Christian Standard Bible
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city.

Contemporary English Version
The two men met with the other leaders of their city and told them:

Good News Translation
Hamor and his son Shechem went to the meeting place at the city gate and spoke to the people of the town:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men there."

International Standard Version
So Hamor and his son Shechem entered the gate of their city and addressed the men of their city.

NET Bible
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city,

New Heart English Bible
Hamor and Shechem, his son, came to the gate of their city, and talked with the men of their city, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to their city gate to speak to the men of their city. They said,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying:

New American Standard 1977
So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city, and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Hamor and Shechem, his son, came unto the gate of their city and communed with the men of their city, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying,

American King James Version
And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

American Standard Version
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And going into the gate of the city they spoke to the people:

Darby Bible Translation
And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

English Revised Version
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

World English Bible
Hamor and Shechem, his son, came to the gate of their city, and talked with the men of their city, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Hamor cometh -- Shechem his son also -- unto the gate of their city, and they speak unto the men of their city, saying,
Study Bible
The Revenge of Dinah's Brothers
19The young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father. 20So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21"These men are friendly with us; therefore let them live in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters in marriage, and give our daughters to them.…
Cross References
Genesis 23:10
Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; even of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying,

Genesis 34:19
The young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father.

Genesis 34:21
"These men are friendly with us; therefore let them live in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters in marriage, and give our daughters to them.

Ruth 4:1
Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, "Turn aside, friend, sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down.

2 Samuel 15:2
Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."

Psalm 127:5
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Treasury of Scripture

And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

the gate.

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Genesis 23:10 And Ephron dwelled among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite …

Deuteronomy 17:5 Then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed …

Ruth 4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, …

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my …

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Amos 5:10,12,15 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks …

Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth …

Verses 20-23. - And Hamor and Shechem his son came (or went) unto the gate of their city (vide on Genesis 19:2; 23:10), and communed with (or spake to) the men of their city, saying, These men (i.e. Jacob and his sons) are peaceable with us (literally, peaceable are they with us. This is the first argument employed by Hamor and Shechem to secure the consent of the citizens to the formation of an alliance with Jacob and his sons); therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; - literally, and they will dwell in the land, and trade in it (so. if you permit) - for (literally, and) the land, behold, it is large enough - literally, broad of hands, i.e. on both sides (cf. Isaiah 33:21; Psalm 104:25) - for them (literally, before them, i.e. for them to wander about with their flocks and herds. This was the second argument employed by Hamor and his son); let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. Only herein (or under this condition) will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised (literally, in the circumcising to or by us of every male), as they are circumcised. After which statement of the indispensable condition of the alliance proposed, they advance as a third argument for its acceptance the material advantages which such an alliance would inevitably secure for them. Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs (the mikneh refer to flocks and herds; the behemah to asses and camels) be ours? - literally, Shall not these (be) to us? - only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. And Hamor and Shechem his son went unto the gate of their city,.... Where courts of judicature were held, and all public affairs respecting the common interest of the city were transacted: here, no doubt, Hamor their prince summoned them to come, by the usual method in which the citizens were convened on certain occasions:

and communed with the men of their city; upon the subject of entering into an alliance with Jacob's family, of admitting them to be fellow citizens with them, and of their being incorporated among them, and becoming one people with them, taking no notice of the true reason of this motion:

saying, as follows. 20. Hamor and Shechem … came unto the gate of their city—That was the place where every public communication was made; and in the ready obsequious submission of the people to this measure we see an evidence either of the extraordinary affection for the governing family, or of the abject despotism of the East, where the will of a chief is an absolute command.34:20-31 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.
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