The posuk says Shimon and Levi took swords and killed all the male inhabitants, so why in the next posuk:

a) Does it repeat that they killed Chamor and Schem and

b) That they used swords?

Both of these facts are already told to us in the previous posuk??

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    I'm having a hard time following. Can you edit to quote the exact wording you find confusing?
    – Double AA
    Dec 23, 2019 at 22:36

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It is telling us the sequence of events.

First they killed all the other inhabitants and only then were they able to find Shechem and Chamor to kill. ( Ohr HaChaim and possibly the Seforno).

This sequence is important to know because as The Ohr Hachaim says that if not for this sequence they never would have killed the inhabitants of Shechem to begin with. At first, they only wanted to Shechem and Chamor but the residents put up a fight to protect them so they had to be killed first to get Dinah out of there.

(Note : Other Rishonim give other reasons for why they killed the inhabitants and Yaakov disapproved of this mass killing)

  • It is unclear how the Ohr Hachaim reads into the text that the other males began to fight to protect Shechem , especially when the Torah emphasizes that Shimon and Levi waited until the 3rd day to make sure they would be at their weakest and presumably could not put up much , if any , resistance. This answer still doesn't explain why the repetition of the fact they used swords to kill them. We already know that they brought swords with them from the first posuk,
    – Zev
    Dec 23, 2019 at 23:47

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