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Webster Bible Translation
The Defiling of Dinah
1And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
3And his soul cleaved to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to the damsel.
4And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel for a wife.
5And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter (now his sons were with his cattle in the field:) and Jacob held his peace till they had come.
6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to commune with him.
7And the sons of Jacob came from 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.
8And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her to him for a wife.
9And make ye marriages with us: give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you.
10And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
11And Shechem said to her father, and to her brethren, Let me find favor in your eyes, and what ye shall say to me, I will give.
12Ask me never so much dower and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say to me: but give me the damsel for a wife.
The Revenge of Dinah's Brothers
13And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, (because he had defiled Dinah their sister,)
14And they said to them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised: for that would be a reproach to us:
15But in this will we consent to you: If ye will be as we are, that every male of you shall be circumcised;
16Then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
17But if ye will not hearken to us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
18And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
19And 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.
20And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
21These 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.
22Only herein, will the men consent to us to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us shall be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
23Will not their cattle, and their substance, and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us.
24And to Hamor and to 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.
25And 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.
26And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
27The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city; because they had defiled their sister.
28They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field.
29And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives they took captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
30And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites, and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they will assemble themselves against me, and slay me, and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31And they said, Should he deal with our sister, as with a harlot?