Genesis 34:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 34:29, NIV: "They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses."

Genesis 34:29, ESV: "All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered."

Genesis 34:29, KJV: "And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house."

Genesis 34:29, NASB: "and they captured and looted all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, even everything that was in the houses."

Genesis 34:29, NLT: "They looted all their wealth and plundered their houses. They also took all their little children and wives and led them away as captives."

Genesis 34:29, CSB: "They captured all their possessions, dependents, and wives and plundered everything in the houses."

What does Genesis 34:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's sons plundered all the livestock that had belonged to the people of Shechem (Genesis 34:28). This was enabled by the previous slaughter of every fighting man in the city (Genesis 34:25). That action, itself, was revenge for the rape of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, by the son of a local prince (Genesis 34:1–8). The men of Shechem agreed to be circumcised, hoping to take part in Jacob's wealth (Genesis 34:13–16). Instead, they fell for a trap that resulted in their utter destruction.

Once the battle is over, Levi, Simeon, and the other brothers also plunder the city's wealth and possessions. In addition, they take as captives their wives and "little ones." In that era, it was extremely common for women to be taken into conquering nations as wives.

As a result of his sons' deceitful scheme and brutal revenge, Jacob's wealth has grown enormously. Readers should notice that Jacob has not been heard from since news first broke of his daughter's rape (Genesis 34:5). Now that all is said and done, the famously-passive leader will explain that he's unhappy about what others will think of his sons' revenge (Genesis 34:30).