Shechem Defiles Dinah (34:1-4)
The Deceit of the Sons of Jacob (34:5-17)
The Shechemites are Circumcised (34:18-24)
The Murder of the Sons of Hamor (34:25-31)
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 26 And Hamor and Shechem his son they slew with the edge of the sword; and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house; and went out. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 Their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and what was in the city, and what was in the field they took; 29 and all their goods, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and plundered them, and all that was in the houses. vv.25-29 In v.25 it becomes clear who the main actors were; “Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren”. They attacked the city when the men were sore from circumcision. Then the sons of Jacob plundered the city. Jacob says in Genesis 49 of Levi and Simeon, “in their self-will they digged down a wall”, meaning that they went way too far. An alternate translation reads “houghed oxen”, which refers to cutting the hamstring of a service animal to render it useless. Unrestrained anger can ruin our usefulness for Christ. If it was really righteous judgment the brothers were seeking, they should have taken it up with Shechem, according to the principle; “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin” (Deut. 24:16). Instead they completely lost control, and were taken over by hatred and cruel lust. This is an example of what can happen when man in the flesh takes vengeance into his own hands. Only the Lord can righteously wield the sword of vengeance in perfect restraint. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. … Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:19, 21). This is an example of being overcome by evil.