The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 34:1–5

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And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

Then Dinah, the daughter of Leah, went out to see the women of that region.

And Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her; and he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her.

And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, the leader of that land, had seen her, he fell in love with her. And so he seized her and slept with her, overwhelming the virgin by force.

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

And his soul was closely bound to her, and, since she was sorrowful, he soothed her with flattery.

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And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying: 'Get me this damsel to wife.'

Sychem spoke to Emmor his father, saying, Take for me this damsel to wife.

And going on to Hamor, his father, he said, “Obtain this girl for me as a mate.”

Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field; and Jacob held his peace until they came.

And Jacob heard that the son of Emmor had defiled Dina his daughter (now his sons were with his cattle in the plain). And Jacob was silent until they came.

But when Jacob had heard this, since his sons were absent and he was occupied in pasturing the cattle, he remained silent until they came back.