I looked up the story of Dinah in Genesis; I saw it referred to here and got curious.

Yeah, turns out Dinah and Shechem fell in love and had a bit of premarital how’s-yer-father. Oops! So Shechem and his dad, Hamor, went out to tell Dinah’s dad, Jacob, “Look, we’d love to welcome you into the family by way of your daughter,” and Jacob was all, “Okay, if you get circumcised,” so they did it. Maybe they didn’t do it at God’s command, but they did it.

And Dinah’s idiot brothers went out and killed Shechem and Hamor anyway. Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

So I went back and reread the story. What, did he put her up in an apartment somewhere? Did he make her go out in tight clothes that left very little to the imagination? Did he lie and say he wasn’t married after that? Nope! He just… had sex with her before they married. He liked it, and he put a ring on it.

Justification, according to Mr. Matthew Henry: Shechem, Hamor, et al. did it because they liked Dinah, not because God said to do it. Thus, if a pair of overzealous little twits wanted to kill them anyway, God thought that was a good thing.

God has some ego issues, methinks.


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