| Quote #7
Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt all about in the tent, but did not find them. And she said to her father, "Let not my Lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me." So he searched, but did not find the household gods. (NRSV 31:34-35)
Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. And she said to her father, Let it not displease my Lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images. (KJV 31:34-35)
"Hey Teach, I can't participate in gym class today. The custom of the women is upon me." It's the oldest trick in the book and Laban falls right for it. Good thing, too. Otherwise, Rachel would've been dead (see 31:32).
| Quote #8
Only on this condition will we consent to you: that you will become as we are and every male among you be circumcised. Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people. (NRSV 34:15-16)
But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; 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. (KJV 34:15-16)
The brothers promise that Shechem can marry Dinah if he and every other Hivite are circumcised. Shechem agrees, and while he and his posse are recovering from the procedure, the brothers slaughter the entire village. That's a little more than a white lie.
| Quote #9
Then they took Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. They had the long robe with sleeves taken to their father, and they said, "This we have found; see now whether it is your son's robe or not." (NRSV 37:31-32)
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no. (KJV 37:31-32)
This is more than a lie—it's total machination. Joseph's brothers take the prized coat that his father gave him, dip it in blood, and then bring it back to his father, pretending that Joseph is dead. Just think about that for a second.