“Jacob’s sons replied to Shechem and his father Hamor with guile, speaking as they did because their sister Dinah had been defiled.” —Genesis 34:13

After years of trouble, Jacob and his family seemed to be at peace — but not for long. Jacob’s daughter Dinah was raped by the Hivite Shechem. Shechem wanted to marry the girl. Her brothers deceitfully agreed to this only on the condition that all the men of the region be circumcised. So “all the males, including every able-bodied man in the community, were circumcised. On the third day, while they were still in pain, Dinah’s full brothers Simeon and Levi, two of Jacob’s sons, took their swords, advanced against the city without any trouble, and massacred all the males” (34:24-25). Where did these boys learn to be so deceitful?

Prayer: Father, I choose to repent of sin, be born again in Jesus, and be freed from generational sin.

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