Passage: Genesis 34, 35, 36 (RSV)

Genesis 34

1Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land;
2and when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humbled her.
3And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob; he loved the maiden and spoke tenderly to her.
4So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this maiden for my wife."
5Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah; but his sons were with his cattle in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came.
6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him.
7The sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard of it; and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had wrought folly in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing ought not to be done.
8But Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; I pray you, give her to him in marriage.
9Make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
10You shall dwell with us; and the land shall be open to you; dwell and trade in it, and get property in it."
11Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give.
12Ask of me ever so much as marriage present and gift, and I will give according as you say to me; only give me the maiden to be my wife."
13The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah.
14They said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us.
15Only on this condition will we consent to you: that you will become as we are and every male of you be circumcised.
16Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people.
17But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone."
18Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor's son Shechem.
19And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his family.
20So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,
21"These men are friendly with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters in marriage, and let us give them our daughters.
22Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised.
23Will not their cattle, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us."
24And all who went out of the gate of his city hearkened to Hamor and his son Shechem; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.
25On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came upon the city unawares, and killed all the males.
26They slew Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went away.
27And the sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because their sister had been defiled;
28they took their flocks and their herds, their asses, and whatever was in the city and in the field;
29all their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and made their prey.
30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me odious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Per'izzites; my numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household."
31But they said, "Should he treat our sister as a harlot?"

Genesis 35

1God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there; and make there an altar to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau."
2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments;
3then let us arise and go up to Bethel, that I may make there an altar to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone."
4So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem.
5And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were round about them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
6And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him,
7and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.
8And Deb'orah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel; so the name of it was called Al'lon-bacuth.
9God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him.
10And God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name." So his name was called Israel.
11And God said to him, "I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from you.
12The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you."
13Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him.
14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it.
15So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.
16Then they journeyed from Bethel; and when they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.
17And when she was in her hard labor, the midwife said to her, "Fear not; for now you will have another son."
18And as her soul was departing (for she died), she called his name Ben-o'ni; but his father called his name Benjamin.
19So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem),
20and Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; it is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, which is there to this day.
21Israel journeyed on, and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
22While Israel dwelt in that land Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.
23The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob's first-born), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Is'sachar, and Zeb'ulun.
24The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
25The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid: Dan and Naph'tali.
26The sons of Zilpah, Leah's maid: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.
27And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kir'iath-ar'ba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
28Now the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
29And Isaac breathed his last; and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Genesis 36

1These are the descendants of Esau (that is, Edom).
2Esau took his wives from the Canaanites: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah the son of Zib'eon the Hivite,
3and Bas'emath, Ish'mael's daughter, the sister of Neba'ioth.
4And Adah bore to Esau, El'iphaz; Bas'emath bore Reu'el;
5and Oholiba'mah bore Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.
6Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his cattle, all his beasts, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of Canaan; and he went into a land away from his brother Jacob.
7For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land of their sojournings could not support them because of their cattle.
8So Esau dwelt in the hill country of Se'ir; Esau is Edom.
9These are the descendants of Esau the father of the E'domites in the hill country of Se'ir.
10These are the names of Esau's sons: El'iphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reu'el the son of Bas'emath the wife of Esau.
11The sons of El'iphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.
12(Timna was a concubine of El'iphaz, Esau's son; she bore Am'alek to El'iphaz.) These are the sons of Adah, Esau's wife.
13These are the sons of Reu'el: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the sons of Bas'emath, Esau's wife.
14These are the sons of Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah the son of Zib'eon, Esau's wife: she bore to Esau Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah.
15These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of El'iphaz the first-born of Esau: the chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,
16Korah, Gatam, and Am'alek; these are the chiefs of El'iphaz in the land of Edom; they are the sons of Adah.
17These are the sons of Reu'el, Esau's son: the chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah; these are the chiefs of Reu'el in the land of Edom; they are the sons of Bas'emath, Esau's wife.
18These are the sons of Oholiba'mah, Esau's wife: the chiefs Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah; these are the chiefs born of Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.
19These are the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these are their chiefs.
20These are the sons of Se'ir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zib'eon, Anah,
21Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan; these are the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Se'ir in the land of Edom.
22The sons of Lotan were Hori and Heman; and Lotan's sister was Timna.
23These are the sons of Shobal: Alvan, Man'ahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
24These are the sons of Zib'eon: A'iah and Anah; he is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he pastured the asses of Zib'eon his father.
25These are the children of Anah: Dishon and Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah.
26These are the sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.
27These are the sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Za'avan, and Akan.
28These are the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
29These are the chiefs of the Horites: the chiefs Lotan, Shobal, Zib'eon, Anah,
30Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan; these are the chiefs of the Horites, according to their clans in the land of Se'ir.
31These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the Israelites.
32Bela the son of Be'or reigned in Edom, the name of his city being Din'habah.
33Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
34Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Te'manites reigned in his stead.
35Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Mid'ian in the country of Moab, reigned in his stead, the name of his city being Avith.
36Hadad died, and Samlah of Masre'kah reigned in his stead.
37Samlah died, and Shaul of Reho'both on the Euphra'tes reigned in his stead.
38Shaul died, and Ba'al-ha'nan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
39Ba'al-ha'nan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead, the name of his city being Pau; his wife's name was Mehet'abel, the daughter of Matred, daughter of Me'zahab.
40These are the names of the chiefs of Esau, according to their families and their dwelling places, by their names: the chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,
41Oholiba'mah, Elah, Pinon,
42Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,
43Mag'diel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom (that is, Esau, the father of Edom), according to their dwelling places in the land of their possession.

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