Genesis 34:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 34:11, NIV: "Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, 'Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask."

Genesis 34:11, ESV: "Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give."

Genesis 34:11, KJV: "And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give."

Genesis 34:11, NASB: "Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, 'Let me find favor in your sight, and I will give whatever you tell me."

Genesis 34:11, NLT: "Then Shechem himself spoke to Dinah's father and brothers. 'Please be kind to me, and let me marry her,' he begged. 'I will give you whatever you ask."

Genesis 34:11, CSB: "Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Grant me this favor, and I'll give you whatever you say."

What does Genesis 34:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Hamor and Shechem have come to ask Jacob for Dinah's hand in marriage, to Shechem. News has already reached Jacob, and his sons, that Shechem has raped Dinah and that she has not returned from the city (Genesis 34:1–7). In what seems to be an attempt to avert revenge, Hamor has proposed a broad mingling of his people with those of Jacob. He speaks of more marriages and trading opportunities to follow (Genesis 34:8–10).

Amidst these talks, Shechem once again demonstrates a lack of sense and self-control. He extravagantly offers to pay whatever price Jacob and his sons demand to be allowed to marry Dinah. He expands on this offer in the following verse. Given that Jacob's sons are already enraged at what happened to their sister, and their likely offense at Hamor's offer of free trade, it's noteworthy one of them doesn't strike Shechem dead then and there.