Genesis 34:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 34:1, NIV: "Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land."

Genesis 34:1, ESV: "Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land."

Genesis 34:1, KJV: "And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land."

Genesis 34:1, NASB: "Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the daughters of the land."

Genesis 34:1, NLT: "One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area."

Genesis 34:1, CSB: "Leah's daughter Dinah, whom Leah bore to Jacob, went out to see some of the young women of the area."

What does Genesis 34:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob and his large family have settled outside of the city of Shechem in Canaan. Some time may have passed since Jacob purchased the section of land they occupied and on which they built an altar to the Lord (Genesis 33:18–19). His sons are now referred to as men.

Jacob's children are frequently mentioned according to which of his wives is their mother. Jacob himself regards them differently, as he demonstrated when presenting them to his brother Esau in reverse order of his apparent affection for them (Genesis 33:1–3).

Dinah is the only daughter explicitly mentioned among Jacob's children (Genesis 30:21), though there may be others. Scripture frequently refers only to those who are relevant to the story. In this case, Dinah is a crucial figure in the history of Jacob's family. She is the daughter of Leah, Jacob's famously unloved wife. Leah's other birth children include Simeon and Levi, who will also figure prominently in the action to follow.

We're told Dinah "went out" to see the women of the land. Apparently, she had built a social relationship with some of the women of Shechem or she was seeking to do so. The passage does not condemn her for this action, nor suggest that she was doing anything unwise or inappropriate.