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Genesis 34:15-17

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34:15 We will give you our consent on this one condition: You must become 1  like us by circumcising 2  all your males. 34:16 Then we will give 3  you our daughters to marry, 4  and we will take your daughters as wives for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people. 34:17 But if you do not agree to our terms 5  by being circumcised, then we will take 6  our sister 7  and depart.”

1 tn Heb “if you are like us.”

2 tn The infinitive here explains how they would become like them.

3 tn The perfect verbal form with the vav (ו) consecutive introduces the apodosis of the conditional sentence.

4 tn The words “to marry” (and the words “as wives” in the following clause) are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “listen to us.”

6 tn The perfect verbal form with the vav (ו) consecutive introduces the apodosis of the conditional sentence.

7 tn Heb “daughter.” Jacob’s sons call Dinah their daughter, even though she was their sister (see v. 8). This has been translated as “sister” for clarity.



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