Discretion will watch over you, Understanding and discernment will guard you
PROVERBS 2:11 AMP
Happy Wednesday. It’s a great day to use your gifts to change the world wherever you are and wherever you go. I asked a lady in my office today what she was going to do. My heart was filled with joy when I learned that she planned to pay a family’s utility bills anonymously. The family she was speaking about has a preschool age child in need of a heart transplant. Now, that is making a difference! We can all do these types of things. Please share what you do!
Earlier in the week I was in a ladies Bible Study class when the leader was pulled off topic. Off the cuff she began speaking about Dinah. She was explaining why the story of Dinah is included in the Bible, and ultimately she proved that Dinah’s two older brothers did not receive their birth right because of their sinful acts. The portion of her story that I questioned was about whether Dinah was raped. Her story was that Dinah was hanging out with some young men and the sexual activity was consensual.
So, I conducted a little research of my own. Just to give you a little background, the story is found in Genesis 34. As the story goes, Dinah went out unescorted to visit the girls of the land. While away there was a sexual encounter with Shechem the son of the Hivite prince. Apparently Shechem cared deeply for Dinah and asked for her hand in marriage. Dinah’s two older brothers were not happy about this news. They went to Shechem and told him that he and all the men of the village must be circumcised if he wanted to marry their sister. Shechem convinced all the men of the village to be circumcised. On the third day while all the men were recovering in pain from the procedure, Dinah’s brothers killed all the men and looted the village.
I looked in the Message, Amplied, NIV, KJV, ASV, AMPC, CEB, and CEVD versions of the Bible. Most of these sources indicate that Dinah was raped or force was used during the sexual encounter. Some even refer to “Dinah’s Rape”. The word used in the King James Version is “defiled” (taw-may’ in Hebrew), which means to make unclean (Strong’s Concordance H2930). Verse 2 says that Shechem took (law-Kalch in Hebrew means led), lay (Shaw-kab in Hebrew means to lie down usually in a sexual manner) and defiled her (Strong’s Concordance H3947 and H7901). Let me stop for a moment and clarify that I’m away from home and using a digital version of Strong’s Concordance. If anyone disagrees with these references, please clarify my findings.
I also researched Matthew Henry’s Commentary and Jamison, Fausset and Brown Commentary. From this review of information, I have concluded that Dinah like many young women today was curious. The inexperienced young women mingled with some ungodly women without her parents’ consent on at least one occasion. During these encounters, she must have been flattered by Shechem’s attention and succumbed to his affection. I see no reason to believe Dinah was raped. She probably did bring shame to her pious parents and family. Unfortunately, the situation escalated. Is this all that different from stories we read, watch in movies, or maybe even know first hand today?
After praying and conducting my own research, I found that the Bible Study leader’s story was probably accurate. I have shared these findings to encourage you to do your own research and pray for discernment when you read or hear something that may leave you feeling uncertain.
Have a super Wednesday! God bless you.