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Genesis 34:18

    Genesis 34:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And their words were pleasing to Hamor and his son Shechem.

    Webster's Revision

    And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

    World English Bible

    Their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's son.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 34:18

    Hamor and Shekem accept the terms, and immediately proceed to carry them into effect. It is testified of Shekem, that he delayed not to do the thing, and that he was more honorable than all his house. They bring the matter before their fellow-citizens, and urge them to adopt the rite of circumcision, on the ground that the men are peaceable, well-conducted, and they and their cattle and goods would be a valuable addition to the common wealth of their tribe. Hence, it appears that the population was still thin, that the neighboring territory was sufficient for a much larger number than its present occupants, and that a tribe found a real benefit in an accession to his numbers. The people were persuaded to comply with the terms proposed. There is nothing said here of the religious import of the rite, or of any diversity of worship that may have existed between the two parties. But it is not improbable that the Shekemites were prepared for mutual toleration, or even for the adoption of the religion of Israel in its external forms, though not perhaps to the exclusion of their own hereditary customs. It is also possible that the formal acknowledgment of the one true God was not yet extinct. Circumcision has been in use among the Egyptians, Colchians (Herodotus ii. 104), and other eastern nations; but when and how introduced we are not informed. The present narrative points out one way in which it may have spread from nation to nation.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 34:18

    34:18 Hamor and Shechem gave consent themselves to be circumcised. To this perhaps they were moved not only by the strong desire they had to bring about, this match, but by what they might have heard of the sacred and honourable intentions of this sign, in the family of Abraham, which it is probable they had some confused notions of, and of the promises confirmed by it; which made them the more desirous to incorporate with the family of Jacob.