Genesis 34:3
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New International Version
His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.

New Living Translation
But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words.

English Standard Version
And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.

New American Standard Bible
He was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.

King James Bible
And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He became infatuated with Dinah, daughter of Jacob. He loved the young girl and spoke tenderly to her."

International Standard Version
He was attached to Dinah, Jacob's daughter, since he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.

NET Bible
Then he became very attached to Dinah, Jacob's daughter. He fell in love with the young woman and spoke romantically to her.

New Heart English Bible
His soul joined to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young lady, and spoke kindly to the young lady.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He became very fond of Jacob's daughter Dinah. He loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And his soul did cleave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke comfortingly unto the damsel.

New American Standard 1977
And he was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his soul was joined unto Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he fell in love with the damsel and spoke unto her heart.

King James 2000 Bible
And his soul clung unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly unto the damsel.

American King James Version
And his soul joined to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to the damsel.

American Standard Version
And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his soul was fast knit unto her, and whereas she was sad, he comforted her with sweet words.

Darby Bible Translation
And his soul fastened on Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the maiden, and spoke consolingly to the maiden.

English Revised Version
And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his soul cleaved to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to the damsel.

World English Bible
His soul joined to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young lady, and spoke kindly to the young lady.

Young's Literal Translation
and his soul cleaveth to Dinah, daughter of Jacob, and he loveth the young person, and speaketh unto the heart of the young person.
Study Bible
The Defiling of Dinah
2When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force. 3He was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this young girl for a wife."…
Cross References
Genesis 34:2
When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force.

Genesis 34:4
So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this young girl for a wife."

Judges 19:3
Then her husband arose and went after her to speak tenderly to her in order to bring her back, taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father's house, and when the girl's father saw him, he was glad to meet him.
Treasury of Scripture

And his soul joined to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to the damsel.

soul.

Ruth 1:14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed …

1 Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, …

kindly unto the damsel. Heb. to the heart of the damsel.

2 Samuel 19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably to your servants: …

2 Chronicles 30:22 And Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites that taught the …

Isaiah 40:2 Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare …

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, …

Verses 3, 4. - And his soul clave (vide infra on ver. 8) unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, - it was in some degree an extenuation of the wickedness of Shechem that he did not cast off the victim of his violence and lust, but continued to regard her with affection - and he loved the damsel, - on the use of na'ar for a youth of either sex vide Genesis 24:14 - and spake kindly unto the damsel - literally, spoke to the heart of the damsel, ἐλάλησε κατὰ τὴν διάνοιαν τῆς παρθίνου αὐτῇ (LXX.), i.e. addressed to her such words as were agreeable to her inclinations (cf. on the import of the phrase Genesis 1:21; Judges 19:3; Isaiah 40:2; Hosea 2:14), probably expressing his affection, and offering the reparation of honorable marriage, as may be legitimately inferred from what is next recorded of his behavior. And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife - cf. the case of Samson (Judges 14:2). And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob,.... His inclination was to her, she was always in his thoughts; it was not a mere lustful desire that was suddenly raised, and soon over, but a constant and continued affection he bore to her, as follows:

and he loved the damsel; sincerely and heartily:

and spake kindly unto the damsel; or "to the heart" (g) of her, such things as tended to comfort her, she being sad and sorrowful; or to soften her mind towards him, and take off the resentment of it to him, because of the injury he had done her, and to gain her good will and affection, and her consent to marry him; professing great love to her, promising her great things, what worldly grandeur and honour she would be advanced to, and how kindly he would behave towards her; which might take with her, and incline her to yield to his motion, which having obtained, he took the following method.

(g) "ad cor", Pagninus, Vatablus, Drusius, Schmidt; super cor, Montanus, Munster; "cordi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 34:1-19 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.
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