Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: Genesis 33-34
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
Jacob Meets Esau
1. Jacob looked up and saw that Esau was coming along with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female servants.
2. He put the servants and their children in front, with Leah and her children behind them, and Rachel and Joseph behind them.
3. But Jacob himself went on ahead of them, and he bowed toward the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4. But Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, hugged his neck, and kissed him. Then they both wept.
5. When Esau looked up and saw the women and the children, he asked, “Who are these people with you?” Jacob replied, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”
6. The female servants came forward with their children and bowed down.
7. Then Leah came forward with her children and they bowed down. Finally Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed down.
8. Esau then asked, “What did you intend by sending all these herds to meet me?” Jacob replied, “To find favor in your sight, my lord.”
9. But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother. Keep what belongs to you.”
10. “No, please take them,” Jacob said. “If I have found favor in your sight, accept my gift from my hand. Now that I have seen your face and you have accepted me, it is as if I have seen the face of God.
11. Please take my present that was brought to you, for God has been generous to me and I have all I need.” When Jacob urged him, he took it.
12. Then Esau said, “Let’s be on our way! I will go in front of you.”
13. But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are young, and that I have to look after the sheep and cattle that are nursing their young. If they are driven too hard for even a single day, all the animals will die.
14. Let my lord go on ahead of his servant. I will travel more slowly, at the pace of the herds and the children, until I come to my lord at Seir.”
15. So Esau said, “Let me leave some of my men with you.” “Why do that?” Jacob replied. “My lord has already been kind enough to me.”
16. So that same day Esau made his way back to Seir.
17. But Jacob traveled to Succoth where he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was called Succoth.
18. After he left Paddan Aram, Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem in the land of Canaan, and he camped near the city.
19. Then he purchased the portion of the field where he had pitched his tent; he bought it from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money.
20. There he set up an altar and called it “The God of Israel is God.”
Dinah and the Shechemites
1. Now Dinah, Leah’s daughter whom she bore to Jacob, went to meet the young women of the land.
2. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, who ruled that area, saw her, he grabbed her, forced himself on her, and sexually assaulted her.
3. Then he became very attached to Dinah, Jacob’s daughter. He fell in love with the young woman and spoke romantically to her.
4. Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Acquire this young girl as my wife.”
5. When Jacob heard that Shechem had violated his daughter Dinah, his sons were with the livestock in the field. So Jacob remained silent until they came in.
6. Then Shechem’s father Hamor went to speak with Jacob about Dinah.
7. Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the field when they heard the news. They were offended and very angry because Shechem had disgraced Israel by sexually assaulting Jacob’s daughter, a crime that should not be committed.
8. But Hamor made this appeal to them: “My son Shechem is in love with your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
9. Intermarry with us. Let us marry your daughters, and take our daughters as wives for yourselves.
10. You may live among us, and the land will be open to you. Live in it, travel freely in it, and acquire property in it.”
11. Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your sight, and whatever you require of me I’ll give.
12. You can make the bride price and the gift I must bring very expensive, and I’ll give whatever you ask of me. Just give me the young woman as my wife!”
13. Jacob’s sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully when they spoke because Shechem had violated their sister Dinah.
14. They said to them, “We cannot give our sister to a man who is not circumcised, for it would be a disgrace to us.
15. We will give you our consent on this one condition: You must become like us by circumcising all your males.
16. Then we will give you our daughters to marry, and we will take your daughters as wives for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people.
17. But if you do not agree to our terms by being circumcised, then we will take our sister and depart.”
18. Their offer pleased Hamor and his son Shechem.
19. The young man did not delay in doing what they asked because he wanted Jacob’s daughter Dinah badly. (Now he was more important than anyone in his father’s household.)
20. So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city,
21. “These men are at peace with us. So let them live in the land and travel freely in it, for the land is wide enough for them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters to marry.
22. Only on this one condition will these men consent to live with us and become one people: They demand that every male among us be circumcised just as they are circumcised.
23. If we do so, won’t their livestock, their property, and all their animals become ours? So let’s consent to their demand, so they will live among us.”
24. All the men who assembled at the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem. Every male who assembled at the city gate was circumcised.
25. In three days, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and went to the unsuspecting city and slaughtered every male.
26. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and left.
27. Jacob’s sons killed them and looted the city because their sister had been violated.
28. They took their flocks, herds, and donkeys, as well as everything in the city and in the surrounding fields.
29. They captured as plunder all their wealth, all their little ones, and their wives, including everything in the houses.
30. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought ruin on me by making me a foul odor among the inhabitants of the land – among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I am few in number; they will join forces against me and attack me, and both I and my family will be destroyed!”
31. But Simeon and Levi replied, “Should he treat our sister like a common prostitute?”