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Genesis 34:20 So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city, and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

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      20. Hamor and Shechem . . . came unto the gate of their city--That was the place where every public communication was made; and in the ready obsequious submission of the people to this measure we see an evidence either of the extraordinary affection for the governing family, or of the abject despotism of the East, where the will of a chief is an absolute command.


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

the land of Canaan

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