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Genesis 31:15

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31:15 Hasn’t he treated us like foreigners? He not only sold us, but completely wasted 1  the money paid for us! 2 

Genesis 34:12

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34:12 You can make the bride price and the gift I must bring very expensive, 3  and I’ll give 4  whatever you ask 5  of me. Just give me the young woman as my wife!”

1 tn Heb “and he devoured, even devouring.” The infinitive absolute (following the finite verb here) is used for emphasis.

sn He sold us and…wasted our money. The precise nature of Rachel’s and Leah’s complaint is not entirely clear. Since Jacob had to work to pay for them, they probably mean that their father has cheated Jacob and therefore cheated them as well. See M. Burrows, “The Complaint of Laban’s Daughters,” JAOS 57 (1937): 250-76.

2 tn Heb “our money.” The word “money” is used figuratively here; it means the price paid for Leah and Rachel. A literal translation (“our money”) makes it sound as if Laban wasted money that belonged to Rachel and Leah, rather than the money paid for them.

3 tn Heb “Make very great upon me the bride price and gift.” The imperatives are used in a rhetorical manner. Shechem’s point is that he will pay the price, no matter how expensive it might be.

4 tn The cohortative expresses Shechem’s resolve to have Dinah as his wife.

5 tn Heb “say.”



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