Genesis 34: 5-7: Disgraceful!

“5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home. Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.”


‘’Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter’’ Isaiah 5:20

In our culture, the boundary line of things ‘’that should not be done’’, of ‘’disgraceful’’ behaviours, is getting pushed further and further back. More and more things are regarded as acceptable, where once we would have seen them as shameful. Because there is a Holy God, that means there are moral absolutes: things which are clearly right or wrong. The society that forgets this is as liable to come under God’s judgment as those civilisations we find in the Bible.

What Shechem did was wrong. However, the way her brothers sought to repay was also wrong – and ‘two wrongs do not make a right.’

Warren Wiersbe, in his commentary, makes the point that the Name of the Lord isn’t mentioned once in this chapter, and that the wisdom of the Lord is surely absent also. When we disobey the Lord, he says, we put ourselves and our loved ones in danger.