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Genesis 34:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now their words seemed reasonable to Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And their words were good in the eyes of Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's son.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And their words looked fair, in the eyes of Hamor,—and in the eyes of Shechem, Hamor's son;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And their words are good in the eyes of Hamor, and in the eyes of Shechem, Hamor's son;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Their offer pleased Hemor, and Sichem, his son:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamors sonne.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the words pleased Hamor{gr.Emmor}, and Shechem{gr.Sychem} the son of Hamor{gr.Emmor}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And their words pleased Chamor, and Shekhem Chamor's son.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And their words 1697
{1697} Prime
דָּבָר
dabar
{daw-baw'}
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
pleased 3190
{3190} Prime
יָטַב
yatab
{yaw-tab'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right).
5869
{5869} Prime
עַיִן
`ayin
{ah'-yin}
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
mr חֲמוֹר, 2544
{2544} Prime
חֲמוֹר
Chamowr
{kham-ore'}
The same as H2543; ass; Chamor, a Canaanite.
and em שְׁכֶם y7927
[7927] Standard
שְׁכֶם
Sh@kem
{shek-em'}
The same as H7926; ridge; Shekem, a place in Palestine.
x7928
(7928) Complement
שֶׁכֶם
Shekem
{sheh'-kem}
From H7926; Shekem, the name of a Hivite and two Israelites.
mr's חֲמוֹר 2544
{2544} Prime
חֲמוֹר
Chamowr
{kham-ore'}
The same as H2543; ass; Chamor, a Canaanite.
son. 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 34:18-24

_ _ Here, 1. Hamor and Shechem gave consent themselves to be circumcised, Genesis 34:18, Genesis 34:19. 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, Zechariah 8:23. Note, Many who know little of religion, yet know so much of it as makes them willing to join themselves with those that are religious. Again, If a man would take upon him a form of religion to gain a good wife, much more should we embrace the power of it to gain the favour of a good God, even circumcise our hearts to love him, and, as Shechem here, not defer to do the thing. 2. They gained the consent of the men of their city, Jacob's sons requiring that they also should be circumcised. (1.) They themselves had great influences upon them by their command and example. Note, Religion would greatly prevail if those in authority, who, like Shechem, are more honourable than their neighbours, would appear forward and zealous for it. (2.) They urged an argument which was very cogent (Genesis 34:23), Shall not their cattle and their substance be ours? They observed that Jacob's sons were industrious thriving people, and promised themselves and their neighbours advantage by an alliance with them; it would improve ground and trade, and bring money into their country. Now, [1.] It was bad enough to marry upon this principle: yet we see covetousness the greatest matchmaker in the world, and nothing designed so much, with many, as the laying of house to house, and field to field, without regard had to any other consideration. [2.] It was worse to be circumcised upon this principle. The Shechemites will embrace the religion of Jacob's family only in hopes of interesting themselves thereby in the riches of that family. Thus there are many with whom gain is godliness, and who are more governed and influenced by their secular interest than by any principle of their religion.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 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.

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