Jacob’s failure to obey God and return to Bethel unnecessarily subjected his family to harm. Jacob’s family’s troubles are compounded when his sons violently avenge their sister’s kidnapping and rape. Their vengeance reveals what is in all our hearts, a propensity for unrighteous judgment and justice. When we are wronged, seldom do we want only justice, we also want revenge. And in so doing, we are tempted to elevate the sins of another as grave and severe, all the while overlooking or justifying our sinful response. Indeed the prophet Jeremiah was right when he said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick”.