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Genesis 34:13 But Jacob's sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor, with deceit, and spoke to them, because he had defiled Dinah their sister.

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      13. The sons of Jacob answered--The honor of their family consisted in having the sign of the covenant. Circumcision was the external rite by which persons were admitted members of the ancient Church. But that outward rite could not make the Shechemites true Israelites; and yet it does not appear that Jacob's sons required anything more. Nothing is said of their teaching the people to worship the true God, but only of their insisting on their being circumcised; and it is evident that they did not seek to convert Shechem, but only made a show of religion--a cloak to cover their diabolical design. Hypocrisy and deceit, in all cases vicious, are infinitely more so when accompanied with a show of religion; and here the sons of Jacob, under the pretense of conscientious scruples, conceal a scheme of treachery as cruel and diabolical as was, perhaps, ever perpetrated.


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Brief Summary: Shechem defiles Dinah, The Hivites seek Jacob's family to arrange a marriage, They agree to circumcision, Many of the Hivites are slain by Simeon and Levi, Jacob reproves them for their actions.

1 Dinah is defiled by Shechem
4 Shechem entreats to marry Dinah
13 The sons of Jacob offer the condition of circumcision to the Shechemites
20 Hamor and Shechem persuade them to accept it
23 The sons of Jacob slay them while they are weak
27 The sons of Jacob spoil their city.

Ancient Customs
Prince of the country
the gate of his city
the edge of the sword
spoiled the city

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Dinah, Jacob, Hamor, sons of Jacob, Simeon, Levi

the land of Canaan

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