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By Brian Price 2/3/2014

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"1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.
6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.
7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter: which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
14 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:
15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 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.
17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.
20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their's be our's? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?" - Genesis 34:1-31

Here we read in Genesis chapter 34 about Shechem and how he loved Dinah. The Bible says that Shechem loved Dinah, and spake kindly to her. It's a sad story of love that ended in tragedy. Unfortunately, the brothers of Dinah ended up killing Shechem along with several other innocent people who had nothing to do with the circumstances surrounding Shechem and Dinah's relationship.

But what caused these two men to snap and to kill an entire town? The answer is their anger. The temper that Simeon and Levi had were outrageous. Not only did they wrongfully kill an honorable man who wanted to marry their sister, but they had killed every man in the city who had absolutely no knowledge of what happened to their sister.

The Bible says, "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools." - Ecclesiastes 7:9

You see, anger is a dangerous emotion that destroys all who is in its path. Later on in Jacob's life, he placed a curse upon his own sons because of their rage.

The Bible details Jacob's curse in Genesis chapter 49.

It says, "5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel."

If anger is left unchecked, it will take completely over and enslave all who fail to defeat it.

The Bible has a lot to say about anger. Here are just a few verses in regards to anger.

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." - Proverbs 15:1

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." - Proverbs 16:32

"It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman." - Proverbs 21:19

"24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul." - Proverbs 22:24-25

"19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." - James 1:19-20

"26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil." - Ephesians 4:26-27

"21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." - Matthew 5:21-22

"31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." - Ephesians 4:31-32

Anger is like fire when you light a match. It may seem harmless because all it is doing is burning a small match. But once that burning match touches gasoline, it becomes an explosion that can burn up entire houses.

How many times have we read about people who, in a fit of rage, murdered a loved-one or friend? And then when it was all over, they ended up taking their own life because of the remorse and the guilt they felt afterwards.

This is the deceptive nature of anger. It promises a permanent fix, but it only delivers an eternal consequence. It is a cruel master, a vengeful foe, and a fearsome monster. It destroys, kills, mangles, and rips apart those who are affected by it. Anger is dangerous.

If you are one who has a serious problem with anger, there is hope. There is such a thing as righteous anger, however, most anger that men exhibit is unjustified. Getting mad at people for no reason is unjustifiable. Getting mad at people because they drive slow is unjustifiable. Getting mad at someone because they are not as smart as you is unjustifiable. Getting mad at someone because they look or act different is unjustifiable.

Anger as we normally experience in our daily lives is to be carefully controlled. If we let it, anger can totally ruin our lives just it did for the victims who fell prey to the two brothers of Dinah.

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