Genesis 33 & 34

Day 32 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 33 – Jacob Meets Esau

Jacob could see Esau and his 400 men arriving so he divided his children among Leah, Rachel and the 2 maidservants.  He put the maidservants and their kids up front, then Leah and her kids, then Rachel and Joseph in the back.  Joseph went on ahead of them all to meet Esau and bowed down to the ground 7 times as he approached but Esau ran to meet Jacob, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  Then, the wives and children approached and Jacob explained who they all were.  Esau questioned him on all the livestock Jacob had sent earlier.  Jacob explained they were a gift so he would be found favorably in Esau’s eyes but Esau said there was no need, that he had plenty and didn’t need the gift, for Jacob to keep them all for himself, but Jacob insisted so Esau accepted.

Genesis 34 – Dinah and the Shechemites

Dinah, Jacob & Leah’s daughter, went out to visit the women of the land.  When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her.  He claimed to love her and told his father, Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.” Spoiled much?  Several other words came to mind, but I don’t feel those words would be best received here. 

When Jacob heard that his daughter had been raped, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.  Then Hamor went to talk with Jacob.  Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury with what Shechem had done to their sister.  Hamor wanted to have Jacob’s daughters and he would give his own daughters to Jacob’s family so the families would become one, Jacob and all his family would live in their land with them, live in the land, trade, acquire property.  Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully and said to them only on the condition that every man in the city become circumsized.  So the entire city’s male population were circumsized. 

3 days later, while they were still in pain, 2 of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and killed every male in that city.  They also killed Hamor and Shechem, took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.  The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been raped.  They took the flocks, herds, donkeys, everything, all their wealth, women and children.

Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”  But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”

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One thought on “Genesis 33 & 34

  1. udoji75 says:

    On Genesis 33,despite all the the cruel things Jacob did to Esau, Esau could still forgive him. That is a good quality that I like. Blood is thicker than water.
    On Genesis 34, I think there is no court of law to fight injustice back in the days and people just take laws into their hands. Jacob’s sons shouldn’t have killed every male in that city. It is the person that committed the crime that should bear the consequences.

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