A Christian Journey

Going Out Unattended

“Now Dinah, daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out unattended to see the girls of the place.”  Genesis 34:1  Amplified

Our woman of the Bible for today is Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob.  This story is all that’s known about Dinah, and it’s not a good one.  I felt the need to share it because of the two things in our verse today that Dinah did that spoke to me.  The verse says she went out unattended, alone, to see the girls of the place.

They say it’s always best to travel in pairs.  I’m sure we all go different places alone, I do it all the time, but is that really safe.  You have to consider also that this was a new, pagan, area they moved to.  She was likely not familiar with any of her surroundings.  Then let’s look at the fact that the scripture says she went to see the girls of the place.  Why?  Was she curious about them? Had she heard things about them? Did she want to be like them?  These were woman of the world, not God, it’s always dangerous to step into the way of the world because we are so easily drawn in.   In this case, a prince saw her and took advantage of her.  He raped her, but then he fell in love with her and wanted to marry her.  Her family was outraged at what happened and tricked the men of this new land into becoming circumsized like them.  Three days after later, while they were still sore, Dinah’s brothers entered the city and killed all the men.

We must always be careful and think well about our actions in the world around us.  A seemingly innocent walk into the city ended up costing the lives of many people.

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