Why did Shimon and Levi kill the people of Shechem before they killed Shechem and Chamor, the perpetrators of the sin?


Seforno: Because the latter were hiding, and they were only able to kill them once they found them.


Or ha'Chayim: Because the people were protecting their king and would not allow them access to him, thereby rendering them accessories to the crime. 1


This also explains why they killed the people, who were otherwise innocent. See Or ha'Chayim for an additional reason for that.

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