Genesis 34:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 34:24, NIV: "All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised."

Genesis 34:24, ESV: "And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city."

Genesis 34:24, KJV: "And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city."

Genesis 34:24, NASB: "All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city."

Genesis 34:24, NLT: "So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised."

Genesis 34:24, CSB: "All the men who had come to the city gates listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and all those men were circumcised."

What does Genesis 34:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here we see that Hamor and Shechem have succeeded in their goal. They convinced the men of the city to be circumcised in order to become one people with Jacob's large company (Genesis 34:20–23). That sales pitch focused almost entirely on wealth. Through open trade and intermarriage, the hope was that Jacob's fortune would also become theirs (Genesis 30:43). It's also possible that the men of the town were keenly interested in keeping the peace between the two groups (Genesis 34:21). Those combined interests are enough for them to agree to this minor—though painful—surgery.

What none of these men realize is that they've agreed to their own destruction. Jacob's sons lied when giving the condition of circumcision (Genesis 34:13–17). They're enraged over what has led to this moment (Genesis 34:7). That act was Shechem's horrific rape of their sister, Dinah (Genesis 34:1–3). Her brothers have no intention of letting her remain with her rapist, or with living in peace with the town that protects him. Rather, they've schemed to have the men of town disable themselves, temporarily, so revenge can occur.