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{Genesis 34:24} And unto x413 Hamor 2544 and unto x413 Shechem y7927 x7928 his son 1121 hearkened 8085 z8799 all x3605 that went out 3318 z8802 of the gate 8179 of his city; 5892 and every x3605 male 2145 was circumcised, 4135 z8735 all x3605 that went out 3318 z8802 of the gate 8179 of his city. 5892
hearkened:
In thus falling into this measure, the Shechemites must either have had great affection for their chief and his son, or have been under the influence of the most passive obedience. The petty princes of Asia have always been absolute and despotic; their subjects paying them the most prompt and blind obedience. The following instance will sufficiently illustrate and confirm this statement: Abu Thaher, chief of the Carmathians, about the year 930, with only 500 horse, went to lay siege to Bagdad. The khalif's general marched out to seize him; but before the attack, sent an officer to summon him to surrender. "How many men has the khalif's general?" said Abu Thaher; "30,000," replied the officer. "Among them all," says the Carmathian chief, "has he got three like mine?" Then ordering his followers to approach, he commanded one to stab himself, another to throw himself from a precipice, and a third to plunge into the Tigris. All three instantly obeyed, and perished! Then turning to the officer, he said, "He who has such troops need not value the number of his enemies!"
went out:
"And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, [even] of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying," {Gen 23:10} + "Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city." {Gen 23:18}
every male:
"And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him." {Gen 17:23} + "Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. ... Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;" {Isa 1:10-16} + "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." {Mtt 7:6} + "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: ... But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God." {Rom 2:28-29} + "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God." {1Co 7:19}

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