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Was it right for Jacob’s sons to kill an entire town for the rape of their sister Dinah?

Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. . .Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses. Genesis 34:1-2, 25-29

No, but we have no idea what the people in the town did or were getting ready to do. It appears no legal recourse was taken against Shechem because he was the prince. So he escaped any rape charges. That’s doesn’t seem fair.

When the sons of Jacob devised a plan for a treaty between the two groups of people, the Hivites were not concerned with the consequences of their prince raping an innocent girl, but with their own personal reward. All they saw was profit so their actions were greedy. Maybe they were waiting for Dinah to marry Shechem then kill all her brothers.

Finally, the act of Jacob’s sons (Dinah’s brothers) was wrong, but no one said Simeon and Levi were perfect. Their intentions were honorable since they were doing it for their sister. In a movie, this would be plenty of motivation for us to sympathize with the vengeful characters, but in the Bible God’s standards are different.

We must remember that God did not ask for this to happen. The brothers came up with this idea. Their father Jacob was shamed because of this. God was not behind these killings, though he will get blamed for them since they were his people. That also doesn’t seem fair.