Genesis 34 - Key


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.

Jacob's sons seemed to have a good reason to be angry: Shechem had been foolish, and did something that ought not to be done. But their anger still caused a big problem:

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.


(Also see Genesis 49:5-7.) Even when it seems like I have a good reason to be angry, because other people are doing foolish things that ought not to be done, I'll remember Simeon and Levi's mistake, and work on not being angry anyway.

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