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Genesis 34:1

    Genesis 34:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had by Jacob, went out to see the women of that country.

    Webster's Revision

    And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    World English Bible

    Dinah, the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 34:1

    And Dinah - went out to see the daughters of the land - It is supposed that Jacob had been now about seven or eight years in the land, and that Dinah, who was about seven years of age when Jacob came to Canaan, was now about fourteen or fifteen. Why or on what occasion she went out we know not, but the reason given by Josephus is very probable, viz., that it was on one of their festivals.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 34:1

    Dinah went out to see the daughters of the land. The Jewish doctors of a later period fix the marriageable age of a female at twelve years and a day. It is probable that Dinah was in her thirteenth year when she went out to visit the daughters of the land. Six or seven years, therefore, must have been spent by Jacob between Sukkoth, where he abode some time, and the neighborhood of Shekerm, where he had purchased a piece of ground. If we suppose Dinah to have been born in the same year with Joseph, who was in his seventeenth year at the time of his being sold as a bondslave Genesis 37:2, the events of this chapter must have occurred in the interval between the completion of her twelfth and that of her sixteenth year. "Shekem." This name is hereditary in the family, and had taken hold in the locality before the time of Abraham. The Hivite was a descendant of Kenaan. We find this tribe now occupying the district where the Kenaanite was in possession at a former period Genesis 12:6. "Spake to the heart of the damsel." After having robbed her of her honor, he promises to recognize her as his wife, provided he can gain the consent of her relatives. "Shekem spake unto his father Hamor." He is in earnest about this matter. "Jacob held his peace." He was a stranger in the land, and surrounded by a flourishing tribe, who were evidently unscrupulous in their conduct.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 34:1

    34:1 Dinah was then about fifteen or sixteen years of age when she went out to see the daughters of the land - Probably on some public day. She went to see; yet that was not all, she went to be seen too: she went to see the daughters of the land, but it may be with some thoughts of the sons of the land too.