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“And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.”

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Genesis 34:7 Translation & Meaning

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And the sons וּבְנֵ֨י 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 father or brother), etc.) sons
of Jacob יַֽעֲקֹ֜ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
came בָּ֤אוּ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
out of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses out
the field הַשָּׂדֶה֙ A field (as flat) field
when they heard כְּשָׁמְעָ֔ם To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) heard
it: (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and the men הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
were grieved, וַיִּֽתְעַצְּבוּ֙ Properly, to carve; hence (in a bad sense) to worry, pain or anger grieved
and they were very מְאֹ֑ד Properly, vehemence, i.e., (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication, wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated) very
wroth, וַיִּ֥חַר To glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy wroth
because כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
he had wrought עָשָׂ֣ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application wrought
folly נְבָלָ֞ה Foolishness, i.e., (morally) wickedness; concretely, a crime; by extension, punishment folly
in Israel בְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
in lying לִשְׁכַּב֙ To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) lying
with אֶת Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
Jacob's יַעֲקֹ֔ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacobs
daughter; בַּֽת A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively) daughter
which thing וְכֵ֖ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) thing
ought not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles ought not
to be done. יֵֽעָשֶֽׂה׃ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application done

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  • 5  And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

  • 6  And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

  • 7  And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

  • 8  And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

  • 9  And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.


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