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Revenge against Shechem
34Â One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area.2Â But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her.Â 3Â But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words.Â 4Â He said to his father, Hamor, â€œGet me this young girl. I want to marry her.â€
5Â Soon Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter, Dinah. But since his sons were out in the fields herding his livestock, he said nothing until they returned.Â 6Â Hamor, Shechemâ€™s father, came to discuss the matter with Jacob.7Â Meanwhile, Jacobâ€™s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacobâ€™s family,Â something that should never be done.
8Â Hamor tried to speak with Jacob and his sons. â€œMy son Shechem is truly in love with your daughter,â€ he said. â€œPlease let him marry her.Â 9Â In fact, letâ€™s arrange other marriages, too. You give us your daughters for our sons, and we will give you our daughters for your sons.Â 10Â And you may live among us; the land is open to you! Settle here and trade with us. And feel free to buy property in the area.â€
11Â Then Shechem himself spoke to Dinahâ€™s father and brothers. â€œPlease be kind to me, and let me marry her,â€ he begged. â€œI will give you whatever you ask.Â 12Â No matter what dowry or gift you demand, I will gladly pay itâ€”just give me the girl as my wife.â€
13Â But since Shechem had defiled their sister, Dinah, Jacobâ€™s sons responded deceitfully to Shechem and his father, Hamor.Â 14Â They said to them, â€œWe couldnâ€™t possibly allow this, because youâ€™re not circumcised. It would be a disgrace for our sister to marry a man like you!Â 15Â But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are,16Â then we will give you our daughters, and weâ€™ll take your daughters for ourselves. We will live among you and become one people.Â 17Â But if you donâ€™t agree to be circumcised, we will take her and be on our way.â€
18Â Hamor and his son Shechem agreed to their proposal.Â 19Â Shechem wasted no time in acting on this request, for he wanted Jacobâ€™s daughter desperately. Shechem was a highly respected member of his family,Â 20Â and he went with his father, Hamor, to present this proposal to the leaders at the town gate.
21Â â€œThese men are our friends,â€ they said. â€œLetâ€™s invite them to live here among us and trade freely. Look, the land is large enough to hold them. We can take their daughters as wives and let them marry ours.Â 22Â But they will consider staying here and becoming one people with us only if all of our men are circumcised, just as they are.Â 23Â But if we do this, all their livestock and possessions will eventually be ours. Come, letâ€™s agree to their terms and let them settle here among us.â€
24Â So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised.25Â But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacobâ€™s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinahâ€™s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there,26Â including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechemâ€™s house and returned to their camp.
27Â Meanwhile, the rest of Jacobâ€™s sons arrived. Finding the men slaughtered, they plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there.Â 28Â They seized all the flocks and herds and donkeysâ€”everything they could lay their hands on, both inside the town and outside in the fields.Â 29Â They looted all their wealth and plundered their houses. They also took all their little children and wives and led them away as captives.
30Â Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, â€œYou have ruined me! Youâ€™ve made me stink among all the people of this landâ€”among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!â€
31Â â€œBut why should we let him treat our sister like a prostitute?â€ they retorted angrily.
Jacobâ€™s Return to Bethel
35Â Then God said to Jacob, â€œGet ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.â€
2Â So Jacob told everyone in his household, â€œGet rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.3Â We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.â€
4Â So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem.Â 5Â As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacobâ€™s family.
6Â Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan.Â 7Â Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means â€œGod of Bethelâ€), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
8Â Soon after this, Rebekahâ€™s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means â€œoak of weepingâ€).
9Â Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him,Â 10Â saying, â€œYour name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.â€Â So God renamed him Israel.
11Â Then God said, â€œI am El-Shaddaiâ€”â€˜God Almighty.â€™ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants!Â 12Â And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.â€Â 13Â Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.
14Â Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil.Â 15Â And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means â€œhouse of Godâ€), because God had spoken to him there.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16Â Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel went into labor while they were still some distance away. Her labor pains were intense.Â 17Â After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, â€œDonâ€™t be afraidâ€”you have another son!â€Â 18Â Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means â€œson of my sorrowâ€). The babyâ€™s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means â€œson of my right handâ€).19Â So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).Â 20Â Jacob set up a stone monument over Rachelâ€™s grave, and it can be seen there to this day.
21Â Then JacobÂ traveled on and camped beyond Migdal-eder.Â 22Â While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his fatherâ€™s concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it.
These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob:
23Â The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacobâ€™s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
24Â The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.
25Â The sons of Bilhah, Rachelâ€™s servant, were Dan and Naphtali.
26Â The sons of Zilpah, Leahâ€™s servant, were Gad and Asher.
These are the names of the sons who were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram.
27Â So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners.Â 28Â Isaac lived for 180 years.Â 29Â Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him.
Descendants of Esau
36Â This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).Â 2Â Esau married two young women from Canaan: Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite; and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite.Â 3Â He also married his cousin Basemath, who was the daughter of Ishmael and the sister of Nebaioth.Â 4Â Adah gave birth to a son named Eliphaz for Esau. Basemath gave birth to a son named Reuel.Â 5Â Oholibamah gave birth to sons named Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. All these sons were born to Esau in the land of Canaan.
6Â Esau took his wives, his children, and his entire household, along with his livestock and cattleâ€”all the wealth he had acquired in the land of Canaanâ€”and moved away from his brother, Jacob.Â 7Â There was not enough land to support them both because of all the livestock and possessions they had acquired.Â 8Â So Esau (also known as Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.
9Â This is the account of Esauâ€™s descendants, the Edomites, who lived in the hill country of Seir.
10Â These are the names of Esauâ€™s sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esauâ€™s wife Adah; and Reuel, the son of Esauâ€™s wife Basemath.
11Â The descendants of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.Â 12Â Timna, the concubine of Esauâ€™s son Eliphaz, gave birth to a son named Amalek. These are the descendants of Esauâ€™s wife Adah.
13Â The descendants of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the descendants of Esauâ€™s wife Basemath.
14Â Esau also had sons through Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon. Their names were Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.
15Â These are the descendants of Esau who became the leaders of various clans:
The descendants of Esauâ€™s oldest son, Eliphaz, became the leaders of the clans of Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,16Â Korah, Gatam, and Amalek. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Eliphaz. All these were descendants of Esauâ€™s wife Adah.
17Â The descendants of Esauâ€™s son Reuel became the leaders of the clans of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Reuel. All these were descendants of Esauâ€™s wife Basemath.
18Â The descendants of Esau and his wife Oholibamah became the leaders of the clans of Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the clan leaders who descended from Esauâ€™s wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.
19Â These are the clans descended from Esau (also known as Edom), identified by their clan leaders.
Original Peoples of Edom
20Â These are the names of the tribes that descended from Seir the Horite. They lived in the land of Edom: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,Â 21Â Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These were the Horite clan leaders, the descendants of Seir, who lived in the land of Edom.
22Â The descendants of Lotan were Hori and Hemam. Lotanâ€™s sister was named Timna.
23Â The descendants of Shobal were Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
24Â The descendants of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah. (This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the wilderness while he was grazing his fatherâ€™s donkeys.)
25Â The descendants of Anah were his son, Dishon, and his daughter, Oholibamah.
26Â The descendants of DishonÂ were Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Keran.
27Â The descendants of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.
28Â The descendants of Dishan were Uz and Aran.
29Â So these were the leaders of the Horite clans: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,Â 30Â Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. The Horite clans are named after their clan leaders, who lived in the land of Seir.
Rulers of Edom
31Â These are the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites:
32Â Bela son of Beor, who ruled in Edom from his city of Dinhabah.
33Â When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah became king in his place.
34Â When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites became king in his place.
35Â When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Avith. He was the one who defeated the Midianites in the land of Moab.
36Â When Hadad died, Samlah from the city of Masrekah became king in his place.
37Â When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth-on-the-River became king in his place.
38Â When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king in his place.
39Â When Baal-hanan son of Acbor died, HadadÂ became king in his place and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab.
40Â These are the names of the leaders of the clans descended from Esau, who lived in the places named for them: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,Â 41Â Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,Â 42Â Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,Â 43Â Magdiel, and Iram. These are the leaders of the clans of Edom, listed according to their settlements in the land they occupied. They all descended from Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
10Â Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evilÂ spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.Â 2Â Here are the names of the twelve apostles:
first, Simon (also called Peter),
5Â Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions:Â â€œDonâ€™t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans,Â 6Â but only to the people of Israelâ€”Godâ€™s lost sheep.Â 7Â Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.Â 8Â Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
9Â â€œDonâ€™t take any money in your money beltsâ€”no gold, silver, or even copper coins.Â 10Â Donâ€™t carry a travelerâ€™s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Donâ€™t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.
11Â â€œWhenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town.Â 12Â When you enter the home, give it your blessing.Â 13Â If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing.Â 14Â If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave.Â 15Â I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.
16Â â€œLook, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.Â 17Â But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues.Â 18Â You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.Â 19Â When you are arrested, donâ€™t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.Â 20Â For it is not you who will be speakingâ€”it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21Â â€œA brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.Â 22Â And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.Â But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.Â 23Â When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of ManÂ will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.
24Â â€œStudentsÂ are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master.Â 25Â Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons,Â the members of my household will be called by even worse names!