Commentary on
The Book of Jasher
Chapter 34:1-10.

Text
XXXIV:1  And the number of all the males that were circumcised, were six hundred and forty-five
          men, and two hundred and forty-six children.
XXXIV:2  But Chiddekem, son of Pered, the father of Hamor, and his six brothers, would not listen
          unto Shechem and his father Hamor, and they would not be circumcised, for the proposal of
          the sons of Jacob was loathsome in their sight, and their anger was greatly roused at this, that
          the people of the city had not hearkened to them.
XXXIV:3  And in the evening of the second day, they found eight small children who had not been
          circumcised, for their mothers had concealed them from Shechem and his father Hamor, and
          from the men of the city.
XXXIV:4  And Shechem and his father Hamor sent to have them brought before them to be
          circumcised, when Chiddekem and his six brothers sprang at them with their swords, and
          sought to slay them.
XXXIV:5  And they sought to slay also Shechem and his father Hamor, and they sought to slay
          Dinah with them, on account of this matter.
XXXIV:6  And they said unto them, What is this thing that you have done? Are there no women
          amongst the daughters of your brethern the Canaanites, that you wish to take unto yourselves
          daughters of the Hebrews, whom ye knew not before, and will do this act which your fathers
          never commanded you?
XXXIV:7  Do you imagine that you will succeed through this act which you have done? And what will
          you answer in this affair to your brethren the Canaanites, who will come tomorrow and ask you
          concerning this thing?
XXXIV:8  And if your act shall not appear just and good in their sight, what will you do for your lives,
          and we for our lives, in your not having hearkened to our voices?
XXXIV:9  And if the inhabitants of the land and all your brethren the children of Ham, shall hear of
          your act, saying,
XXXIV:10  On account of a Hebrew woman did Shechem and Hamor his father, and all the inhabitants
          of their city, do that with which they had been unacquainted and which their ancestors never
          commanded them, where then will you fly or where conceal your shame, all your days before
          your brethren, the inhabitants of the land of Canaan?

Commentary

Commentary on Jasher XXXIV:1
(21 April 2009): 


Gael Bataman
Originally Written:       21 April 2009
Latest Update:           21 April 2009


  
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