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Story of Dinah.
Jind Dinah, The Daughter Op Leah, Which Sbe Bare Onto Jacob, Went Oot To Six Thi DavehTers Of The Land.
TT O W soon after the loss of primæval ■*••*• innocence, the passions, which were let loose upon the world, tyrannized amongst mankind! We have scarce got beyond the middle of the first book of the Bible, and there is hardly a violation in human nature which is not upon record. Presently after the creation of man, the first and only woman then in the world, introduced the fault of disobedience; to that, succeeded the horrid crime of murder, the murder of a brother. Then, as population increased, errors multiplied in proportion!
portion y and the almighty Father, seeing that the wickedness of man was great in the world, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was. only evil, continually; and, moreover, that the whole earth was filled with violence, repented that he had made \% and at length destroyed it, and buried it in a universal grave of waters i preserving only the family of one man, who was perfect in his generations. The deluge was scarce gone, before Error rapidly strode over the new world, and the first material circumstance left us in proof of it was the building of Babel: "And "they said one to another, Let us mate «• brick, and build us a city, and a tower, *' whose top may reach unto Heaven." What an arrogant idea! And thus came upon us the uncontroulable monster Ambition. In the next place we are informed of the battle of the kings, whence came Rebellion. In the history of Hagar and Sarah, we perceive the origin of Jealousy. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah needs no comment. The wife of Lot is a monument merit of obstinate Curiosity. Jacob's obtaining the inheritance of his brother, is an early evidence of deceit. Esau's menaces, are instances of Revenge. Laban's trick upon Jacob with respect to Leah, is one of the first instances of broken Faith; and the treatment of Dinah, is a remarkable circumstance of Lasciviousness and Inbospitality. This is, I think, the first rape upon record; and it is also one of the most pardonable; for the ravisher, who, by the bye, was a nobleman, (contrary to the modern maxim of men of intrigue), was desirous to repair the injury he had done, by marriage, and entreated the hand of the damsel after possession, with unabated ardour: nay, the young man carried this matter farther still, for he said to her relations, "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." He even adopted a part of their religion to obtain her; and as soon as they yielded their consent, he still continued his intentions of doing her all possible justice,.
and; and did not defer the nuptials. By this fair dealing Shechem became more honourable than all the house of his father. After this, the bridegroom's father proposed a plan of intercourse, and intermarriage with the tribe of Jacob, and, in general, it was accepted. But some braver spirits amongst the relations of Dinah, scandalized at the indignity which their family had sustained, meditated revenge; and two of her brothers who possessed a nicer sensibility of honour (viz. Sknon and Levi,) took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew both the ravisher and his father. When Jacob expostulated with the young men on this transaction, and even rebuked them for destroying the character he had in the hearts of the people of that country, they answered him with a dignity truly fraternal, and discovered at once a high sense of insult, and a becoming'veneration for the great social compact, by which men are united to each other: "Should he deal with our sister, as with an ** harlot?" A concise question this, but