Using presumed acceptance to deceive

Genesis Bible Background

01.14.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 34.13–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 33–35 on January 14, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

A man raped Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, which infuriated her brothers. The rapist wanted to marry Dinah, but the brothers came up with a plan to deceive him,

But the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father, and spoke deceitfully, because he had defiled Dinah their sister. And they said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a reproach to us. But on this condition we will consent to you: If you will become as we are, if every male of you is circumcised, then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us; and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. But if you will not heed us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and be gone” (Genesis 34.13–17).

Levi and Simeon in particular used this to kill all the males in that town when they were very sore from the circumcisions. They gave the impression that they would give Dinah to Shechem, but they only made it look that way to cause Shechem and his town to let down their guard. What Shechem did was wrong and what Dinah’s two brothers did later was wrong, including the deception that they used.


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