New International Version
They said to them, "We can't do such a thing; we can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.
King James Bible
And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
Darby Bible Translation
and said to them, We cannot do this, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that [were] a reproach to us.
World English Bible
and said to them, "We can't do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised; for that is a reproach to us.
Young's Literal Translation
and say unto them, 'We are not able to do this thing, to give our sister to one who hath a foreskin: for it is a reproach to us.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That were a reproach unto us - Because the uncircumcised were not in the covenant of God; and to have given an heiress of the promise to one who had no kind of right to its spiritual blessings, from whom might spring children who would naturally walk in the way of their father would have been absurd, reproachful and wicked. Thus far they were perfectly right; but to make this holy principle a cloak for their deceitful and murderous purposes, was the full sum of all wickedness
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Library"For if Ye Live after the Flesh, Ye Shall Die; but if Ye through the Spirit do Mortify the Deeds of the Body, Ye Shall Live.
Rom. viii. s 13, 14.--"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." The life and being of many things consists in union,--separate them, and they remain not the same, or they lose their virtue. It is much more thus in Christianity, the power and life of it consists in the union of these things that God hath conjoined, so that if any man pretend to …
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Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."
Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob's sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.
We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
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