And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to commune with him.…
1. Gracious parents are justly angry with the sins of ungracious children, and should express it.
2. The chiefest leaders into sin should chiefly be set upon in angry reproof.
3. Sins of wicked children cannot but trouble and vex the spirits of gracious parents.
4. Horrid enormities of sons may bring all vexation and trouble upon parents.
5. Sin, wherever it is, makes an ill savour, a filthy stink.
6. Children's sins often make their parents stink in the nostrils of men.
7. Notorious crimes in the members of the Church make the best of men stink in the world.
8. Guilt in persons, families, and Church, giveth just cause to fear dangers from God's hand.
9. Little strength in the arm of flesh is an occasion of fear to saints in respect of great enemies.
10. The combination of the wicked against the Church, provoked by its members, is a just ground for fear.
11. The strokes of the wicked unto death may be terrible unto God's servants.
12. Destruction, usually sought by the wicked to the whole Church, may terrify the members of it.
13. Fear of danger may arise, under the promise of God's protection, when souls obey not God (ver. 30).
14. Outrageous spirits, though sons, regard not the honour of parents or God in their returns and replies to them.
15. Revenge seeks to justify outrage by pretence of sin, though men are not called to it.
16. Stupration of innocents hath exemplary returns of judgment from God.
17. Crimes of Church members are recorded for the Church's instruction (ver. 31).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)The second mischief and miscarriage in Jacob's house was the massacre made upon the city Shechem, wherein Dinah had been deflowered, by his two sons, Simeon and Levi. This followed the first mischief, as the effect doth the cause, and as the thread doth the needle. This punishment is —
(1) For this intolerable affront done to this honourable family, wherein are considerable. —
(2) The inducement to; and(3) the opportunity for some revenge.
(a) The inducement was twofold.
(b) Jacob's silence (Genesis 34:5).
Parallel VersesKJV: And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.