The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 34:25–31

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25  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city unawares, and slew all the males.

25  And behold, on the third day, when the pain of the wound was greatest, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, the brothers of Dinah, boldly entered the city with swords. And they put to death all of the males.

26  And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went forth.

26  They killed Hamor and Shechem together, taking their sister Dinah from the house of Shechem.

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27  The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

27  But the sons of Jacob came upon the wounded, and ravaged the city wherein they had defiled Dina their sister.

27  And when they had departed, the other sons of Jacob rushed over the slain, and they plundered the city in vengeance for the rape.

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28  They took their flocks and their herds and their asses, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field;

28  And their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses they took, and all things whatsoever were in the city, and whatsoever were in the plain.

28  Taking their sheep, and herds, and donkeys, and laying waste to everything else that was in their houses and in their fields,

29  and all their wealth, and all their little ones and their wives, took they captive and spoiled, even all that was in the house.

29  And they took captive all the persons of them, and all their store, and their wives, and plundered both whatever things there were in the city, and whatever things there were in the houses.

29  they also took their little ones and their wives captive.

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30  And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: 'Ye have troubled me, to make me odious unto the inhabitants of the land, even unto the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and, I being few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and smite me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.'

30  When they had boldly completed these acts, Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: “You have troubled me, and you have made me hateful to the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the inhabitants of this land. We are few. They, gathering themselves together, may strike me down, and then both I and my house will be wiped away.”

30  Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have done me a great harm, for you have hurt my reputation among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and I being few in numbers, they may gather themselves together against me, and attack me; I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.

31  And they said: 'Should one deal with our sister as with a harlot?'

31  They responded, “Should they abuse our sister like a prostitute?”

31  But they said, Our sister has been treated like a harlot.