New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 34:1-31

Simeon and Levi Kill the Men of Shechem

1Dinah was the daughter Leah had by Jacob. Dinah went out to visit the women of the land. 2Hamor, the Hivite, was the ruler of that area. When his son Shechem saw Dinah, he took her and raped her. 3Then he longed for Jacob’s daughter Dinah. He fell in love with her and spoke tenderly to her. 4Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me that young woman. I want her to be my wife.”

5Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been raped. His sons were in the fields with his livestock. So he did nothing about it until they came home.

6Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields. They came as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and very angry. Shechem had done a very terrible thing. He had forced Jacob’s daughter to have sex with him. He had done something that should never be done in Israel.

8But Hamor said to Jacob and his sons, “My son Shechem wants your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. 9Let your people and ours get married to each other. Give us your daughters as our wives. You can have our daughters as your wives. 10You can live among us. Here is the land. Live in it. Trade in it. Buy property in it.”

11Then Shechem spoke to Dinah’s father and brothers. He said, “I want to please you. I’ll give you anything you ask for. 12Make the price for the bride as high as you want to. I’ll pay you whatever you ask. Just give me the young woman. I want to marry her.”

13Their sister Dinah had been raped. So Jacob’s sons lied to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14They said to them, “We can’t do it. We can’t give our sister to a man who isn’t circumcised. That would bring shame on us. 15We’ll agree, but only on one condition. You will have to become like us. You will have to circumcise all your males. 16Then we’ll give you our daughters as your wives. And we’ll take your daughters as our wives. We’ll live among you and become one big family with you. 17But if you won’t agree to be circumcised, then we’ll take our sister and go.”

18Their offer seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19The young man was the most honored of all his father’s family. He didn’t lose any time in doing what Dinah’s father and brothers had said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. 20Hamor and his son Shechem went to the city gate. They spoke to the other men there. 21“These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land. Let them trade in it. The land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters. And they can marry ours. 22But they will agree to live with us as one big family only on one condition. All our males must be circumcised, just as they are. 23Won’t their livestock and their property belong to us? Won’t all their animals become ours? So let’s say yes to them. Then they’ll live among us.”

24All the men who went out through the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem. So every male in the city was circumcised.

25Three days later, all of them were still in pain. Then Simeon and Levi took their swords. They were Jacob’s sons and Dinah’s brothers. They attacked the city when the people didn’t expect it. They killed every male. 26They also used their swords to kill Hamor and his son Shechem. Then they took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. 27Jacob’s other sons found the dead bodies. They robbed the city where their sister had been raped. 28They took the flocks and herds and donkeys. They took everything in the city and in the fields. 29They carried everything away. And they took all the women and children. They took away everything in the houses.

30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me. Now I’m like a very bad smell to the Canaanites and Perizzites who live in this land. There aren’t many of us. They may join together against me and attack me. Then I and my family will be destroyed.”

31But they replied, “Should Shechem have treated our sister like a prostitute?”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 34:1-31

Sekem Gu Dina Ho Fi

1Ɛda koro bi, Lea ne Yakob ba Dina firii adi kɔsraa mmabaawa a wɔwɔ wɔn mpɔtam hɔ no. 2Ɛberɛ a Hewifoɔhene Hamor babarima Sekem hunuu Dina no, ɔkyeree no kɔtoo no monnaa. 3Ɛfiri saa ɛberɛ no, Sekem tuu nʼani sii Yakob ba Dina so. Ɔbɔɔ mmɔden ara sɛ, ɔne no bɛkasa ama wapene so, na waware no. 4Ɛno enti, Sekem dii ho nkɔmmɔ kyerɛɛ nʼagya Hamor sɛ, “Mepɛ sɛ meware ababaawa yi, enti kɔka ne ho asɛm ma me!”

5Ɛberɛ a Yakob tee sɛ Sekem akɔkyere ne babaa Dina, akɔto no monnaa no, na ne mmammarima no nyinaa ne wɔn agya anantwie wɔ wiram. Enti, Yakob anka hwee kɔsii sɛ wɔbaeɛ.

6Asɛm yi akyiri no, Sekem agya Hamor kɔɔ Yakob nkyɛn ne no kɔdii nkɔmmɔ. 7Yakob mmammarima no tee wɔn nuabaa Dina ho asɛm pɛ, wɔfiri wiram hɔ baeɛ. Wɔn werɛ hoeɛ na wɔn bo nso fuu yie, ɛfiri sɛ Sekem ayɛ aniwudeɛ wɔ Israel. Ɔne Yakob babaa daeɛ, na yei yɛ akyiwadeɛ.

8Nanso, Hamor ka kyerɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Me ba Sekem ani gye wo ba Dina ho. Mesrɛ wo, fa no ma no, na ɔnware no. 9Mo ne yɛnni awadeɛ. Momfa mo mmammaa mma yɛn, na yɛnware wɔn, na yɛn nso, yɛmfa yɛn mmammaa mma mo awadeɛ. 10Mobɛtumi ne yɛn atena. Asase yi nyinaa yɛ mo dea. Montena so, nni dwa wɔ so, mpɛ mu agyapadeɛ.”

11Afei, Sekem ka kyerɛɛ Dina agya ne ne nuammarima no sɛ “Monnye me ntom. Biribiara a mobɛgye me no, mɛtua. 12Ɔbaa no ti adeɛ ne biribiara a mobɛgye aka ho no, mommɔ ɛboɔ biara a mopɛ, na mɛtua. Deɛ ɛhia me ara ne sɛ, mode ababaawa no bɛma me aware.”

13Esiane sɛ na Sekem agu wɔn nuabaa Dina ho fi no enti, mmuaeɛ a wɔmaa Sekem ne nʼagya Hamor no anyɛ nokorɛ. Na mmom, na wɔwɔ adwene foforɔ bi wɔ akyire. 14Yakob mmammarima no ka kyerɛɛ Sekem ne nʼagya Hamor sɛ, “Yɛrentumi mfa yɛn nuabaa mma ɔbarima a ɔntwaa twetia awadeɛ. Sɛ yɛyɛ saa a, na yɛagu yɛn ho anim ase. 15Ansa na yɛde yɛn nuabaa bɛma wo awadeɛ no, gye sɛ woatwitwa wo mmarima nyinaa twetia te sɛ yɛn. 16Sɛ moyɛ saa deɛ a, yɛne mo bɛdi awadeɛ. Mobɛware yɛn mmaa, na yɛn nso, yɛaware mo mmaa. Yɛne mo bɛtena fɛfɛɛfɛ sɛ nnipa baako. 17Sɛ moampene so amma wɔantwitwa mo twetia deɛ a, yɛbɛgye yɛn nuabaa de no akɔ.”

18Asɛm a wɔkaeɛ no tɔɔ Hamor ne ne ba Sekem asom. 19Sekem a na ɔyɛ aberanteɛ a ɔdi mu wɔ nʼagya mma nyinaa mu no antwentwɛn ne nan ase koraa. Ɔkɔtwaa twetia no, sɛdeɛ Yakob mma no kaeɛ no, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔpɛ Yakob babaa no yie. 20Enti, Hamor ne ne ba Sekem kɔbɔɔ dwa wɔ kuro no ɛpono ano ne ɛhɔ mmarima kɔkasaeɛ sɛ, 21“Yakob ne ne mma yi ne yɛn te yie. Mompene so na wɔne yɛn ntena yɛn asase yi so, na yɛnni edwa. Ɛfiri sɛ, yɛn asase yi so a yɛne wɔn bɛsene so. Yɛbɛtumi aware wɔn mmammaa, na wɔn nso bɛtumi aware yɛn deɛ. 22Nanso, ansa na wɔn mmarima no bɛpene so ne yɛn atena sɛ nnipa korɔ no, gye sɛ yɛn mmarima nyinaa twitwa twetia, sɛdeɛ wɔn nso wɔatwitwa twetia no. 23Sɛ ɛba saa a, wɔn mmoa, wɔn agyapadeɛ ne wɔn mmoa ahodoɔ a ɛkeka ho no nyinaa remmɛyɛ yɛn dea anaa? Enti, momma yɛmpene so mma wɔn, na yɛne wɔn ntena.”

24Mmarima a wɔkɔhyiaa Hamor ne ne ba Sekem wɔ kuro no ɛpono ano no nyinaa ne wɔn yɛɛ adwene maa mmarima a wɔwɔ kurom hɔ nyinaa twitwaa twetia.

Dina So Aweretɔ

25Nnansa akyiri a na twetiatwa no enti, kurom hɔ mmarima no nyinaa deda hɔ a wɔgye wɔn ho a ɛnnye no, Yakob mmammarima baanu Simeon ne Lewi a wɔyɛ Dina nuammarima no faa wɔn mpea. Wɔkɔto hyɛɛ kuro no so, ɛberɛ a wɔn ani nna wɔn ho so, kunkumm mmarima a wɔwɔ kurom hɔ nyinaa. 26Wɔde pea kumm Hamor ne ne ba Sekem, na wɔfaa wɔn nuabaa Dina firii Sekem fie de no kɔɔ wɔn nkyɛn. 27Yakob mmammarima a wɔaka no nso to hyɛɛ kuro no so. Wɔtiatiaa nnipa a wɔawuwu no so, fom kuro no mu nneɛma nyinaa pasaa, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛhɔ na Sekem guu wɔn nuabaa Dina ho fi. 28Wɔfom wɔn anantwie, wɔn nnwan, wɔn mfunumu ne wɔn agyapadeɛ biara a ɛwɔ kuro no mu ne deɛ ɛwɔ wiram nyinaa. 29Wɔfaa wɔn ahodeɛ, wɔn yerenom ne wɔn mmaa, fom wɔn afie mu nneɛma nyinaa.

30Afei, Yakob ka kyerɛɛ Simeon ne Lewi sɛ, “Mode ɔhaw abɛto me so, ama ɛnnɛ me ho koraa abɔn Perisifoɔ ne Kanaanfoɔ a mete wɔn asase so yi. Yɛn nnɔɔso. Sɛ wɔka wɔn ho bom, bɛto hyɛ yɛn so a, wɔbɛhye me ne mʼasefoɔ nyinaa.”

31Na wɔbuaa wɔn agya sɛ, “Enti, anka yɛntena hɔ nhwɛ na ɔnyɛ yɛn nuabaa sɛ odwamanfoɔ anaa?”