Sunday, October 9, 2016

Deceit . . Genesis 34:1-23

"1611 KJV. Genesis 34:1-23
[1]And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which shee bare vnto Iacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
[2]And when Shechem the sonne of Hamor the Hiuite, prince of the countrey saw her, he tooke her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
[3]And his soule claue vnto Dinah the daughter of Iacob, and hee loued the damsell, and spake kindly vnto the damsell.
[4]And Shechem spake vnto his father Hamor, saying, Get mee this damsell to wife.
[5]And Iacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter (now his sonnes were with his cattel in the field) and Iacob helde his peace vntill they were come.
[6]¶ And Hamor the father of Shechem went out vnto Iacob to commune with him.
[7]And the sonnes of Iacob came out of the field when they heard it, and the men were grieued: and they were very wroth, because hee had wrought folly in Israel, in lying with Iacobs daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
[8]And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soule of my sonne Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you giue her him to wife.
[9]And make ye mariages with vs, and giue your daughters vnto vs, and take our daughters vnto you.
[10]And ye shall dwell with vs, and the land shall be before you: dwell and trade you therein, and get you possessions therein.
[11]And Shechem said vnto her father, and vnto her brethren, Let mee finde grace in your eyes, and what yee shall say vnto me, I will giue.
[12]Aske mee neuer so much dowrie and gift, and I will giue according as yee shall say vnto mee: but giue me the damsell to wife.
[13]And the sonnes of Iacob answered Shechem, and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister.
[14]And they saide vnto them, wee cannot doe this thing, to giue our sister to one that is vncircumcised: for that were a reproch vnto vs.
[15]But in this will we consent vnto you: If ye will be as we be, that euery male of you be circumcised:
[16]Then wil we giue our daughters vnto you, and we wil take your daughters to vs, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
[17]But if ye will not hearken vnto vs, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
[18]And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamors sonne.
[19]And the yong man deferred not to doe the thing, because he had delight in Iacobs daughter: and he was more honourable then all the house of his father.
[20]¶ And Hamor and Shechem his sonne came vnto the gate of their citie, and communed with the men of their citie, saying:
[21]These men are peaceable with vs, therefore let them dwel in the land, and trade therein: for the land, behold, it is large enough for them: let vs take their daughters to vs for wiues, and let vs giue them our daughters.
[22]Onely herein will the men consent vnto vs, for to dwell with vs to be one people, if euery male among vs bee circumcised, as they are circumcised.
[23]Shall not their cattell, and their substance, and euery beast of theirs bee ours? onely let vs consent vnto them, and they will dwell with vs."

       It is always best to beware lightly made promises. Shechem and Hamor quickly and easily promised that every man in their city would undergo painful surgery. This was a poorly thought out ploy to get possession of the women and livestock of Jacob.
       There are many in current days who also promise great things. Be cautious.

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