Honorable, but not so honorable

Genesis Bible Background

01.14.2019 – Old Testament: Gen 34.18–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 33–35 on January 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Shechem wanted to marry Dinah, Jacob’s daughter. However, the sons of Jacob said that they could not let Shechem marry Dinah unless he was circumcised along with all the males of his town. Then the Bible says:

And their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son. So the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. He was more honorable than all the household of his father. And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying: “These men are at peace with us. Therefore let them dwell in the land and trade in it. For indeed the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters to us as wives, and let us give them our daughters. Only on this condition will the men consent to dwell with us, to be one people: if every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. Will not their livestock, their property, and every animal of theirs be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us.” And all who went out of the gate of his city heeded Hamor and Shechem his son; every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city (Genesis 34.18–24).

Shechem was more honorable than all his father’s household as far as rank, but what brought this whole thing on was a very dishonorable thing he had done to Dinah, having found her alone and he forced himself upon her and violated her. Here he saw a way for his town to gain more possessions.

We can be honorable in different ways, but whatever the way we are honorable, if we act dishonorably, we make ourselves dishonorable.


  • Have you done anything dishonorable?
  • Have you repented of it?

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