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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

El Elohe Israel




Genesis 33:1-20 NIV











Jacob Meets Esau







1Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.





4But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.






Jacob answered, “They are the children GOD Has Graciously Given your servant.”


6Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.


8Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”


“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.


9But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”


10“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing The FACE of GOD, now that you have received me favorably. 11Please accept the present that was brought to you, for GOD Has Been Gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.


12Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”


13But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”


15Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”


“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”


16So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.a


18After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,b he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 


20There he set up an altar and called it



 El Elohe Israel.












Genesis 34:1-31 NIV










Dinah and the Shechemites






1Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.  






 3His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 






4And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”


5When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, 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. 7Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.


8But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”


11Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”







13Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.17But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”


18Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. 20So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.21“These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours. 22But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are. 23Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”


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


25Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. 






 26They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.






27The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. 






28They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. 29They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.






30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious 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.”



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







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