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Genesis 34:9-11 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Intermarry with us.[a] Let us marry your daughters, and take our daughters as wives for yourselves.[b] 10 You may live[c] among us, and the land will be open to you.[d] Live in it, travel freely in it,[e] and acquire property in it.”

11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s[f] father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your sight, and whatever you require of me[g] I’ll give.[h]


  1. Genesis 34:9 tn Heb “form marriage alliances with us.”sn Intermarry with us. This includes the idea of becoming allied by marriage. The incident foreshadows the temptations Israel would eventually face when they entered the promised land (see Deut 7:3; Josh 23:12).
  2. Genesis 34:9 tn Heb “Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.” In the translation the words “let…marry” and “as wives” are supplied for clarity.
  3. Genesis 34:10 tn The imperfect verbal form has a permissive nuance here.
  4. Genesis 34:10 tn Heb “before you.”
  5. Genesis 34:10 tn The verb seems to carry the basic meaning “travel about freely,” although the substantival participial form refers to a trader (see E. A. Speiser, “The Verb sḥr in Genesis and Early Hebrew Movements,” BASOR 164 [1961]: 23-28); cf. NIV, NRSV “trade in it.”
  6. Genesis 34:11 tn Heb “her”; the referent (Dinah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  7. Genesis 34:11 tn Heb “whatever you say.”
  8. Genesis 34:11 tn Or “pay.”
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