Genesis 34:20
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English Standard Version
So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,

King James Bible
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

American Standard Version
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And going into the gate of the city they spoke to the people:

English Revised Version
And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Attractive as these offers of the Hivite prince and his son were, they were declined by Jacob's sons, who had the chief voice in the question of their sister's marriage (vid., Genesis 24:50). And they were quite right; for, by accepting them, they would have violated the sacred call of Israel and his seed, and sacrificed the promises of Jehovah to Mammon. But they did it in a wrong way; for "they answered with deceit and acted from behind" (וידבּרוּ בּמרמה: דּבּר) is to be rendered dolos struxit; דּברים דּבּר would be the expression for "giving mere words," Hosea 10:4; vid., Ges. thes.), "because he had defiled Dinah their sister." They told him that they could not give their sister to an uncircumcised man, because this would be a reproach to them; and the only condition upon which they would consent (נאות imperf. Niph. of אוּת) was, that the Shechemites should all be circumcised; otherwise they would take their sister and go.

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Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven...

Genesis 23:10 And Ephron dwelled among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth...

Deuteronomy 17:5 Then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, to your gates, even that man or that woman...

Ruth 4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; to whom he said, Ho...

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Amos 5:10,12,15 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks uprightly...

Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that you shall do; Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor...

Cross References
Genesis 23:10
Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city,

Genesis 34:19
And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob's daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father's house.

Genesis 34:21
"These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters.

Ruth 4:1
Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, "Turn aside, friend; sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down.

2 Samuel 15:2
And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And when he said, "Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,"

Psalm 127:5
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

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