Genesis 34:16
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New International Version
Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We'll settle among you and become one people with you.

King James Bible
Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

Darby Bible Translation
then will we give our daughters to you, and take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and be one people.

World English Bible
then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

Young's Literal Translation
then we have given our daughters to you, and your daughters we take to ourselves, and we have dwelt with you, and have become one people;

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Clarke'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

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 34:15 "Only on this condition will we consent to you: if you will become like us, in that every male of you be circumcised,

Genesis 34:17 "But if you will not listen to us to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go."

"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
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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Genesis 34:15
We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.

Genesis 34:17
But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."

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