Danites Seek Territory
1 aIn those░ days░ there░ was no░ king░ of Israel░; and bin those░ days░ the tribe░ of the Danites░ was seeking░ an inheritance░ for themselves to live░ in, for until░ that day░ Ian inheritance░ had not IIbeen allotted░ to them as a possession░ among░ the tribes░ of Israel░. 2 So the sons░ of Dan░ sent░ from their family░ five░ men░ out of their whole░ number░, Ivaliant░ men░ from aZorah░ and Eshtaol░, to spy░ out the land░ and to search░ it; and they said░ to them, “Go░, search░ the land░.” And they came░ to bthe hill░ country░ of Ephraim░, to the house░ of Micah░, and lodged░ there░. 3 When they were near░ the house░ of Micah░, they recognized░ the voice░ of the young░ man░, the Levite░; and they turned░ aside░ there░ and said░ to him, “Who░ brought░ you here░? And what░ are you doing░ in this░ [place]? And what░ do you have here░?” 4 He said░ to them, “Thus░ and so░ has Micah░ done░ to me, and he has hired░ me and aI have░ become░ his priest░.” 5 They said░ to him, “Inquire░ of God░, please░, that we may know░ whether our way░ on which░ we are going░ will be prosperous░.” 6 The priest░ said░ to them, “Go░ in peace░; your way░ in which░ you are going░ Ihas the LORD’S░ approval░.”
 ILit it IILit fallen aJg 17:6; 19:1 bJsh 19:40-48
 ILit men, sons of valor aJg 13:25 bJg 17:1
 aJg 17:12
 ILit is before the LORD
7 ¶ Then the five░ men░ departed░ and came░ to aLaish░ and saw░ the people░ who░ were in it living░ in security░, after the manner░ of the Sidonians░, quiet░ and secure░; for there░ was no░ Iruler░░ humiliating░ [them] for anything░ in the land░, and they were far░ from the Sidonians░ and had░ no░ dealings░ with anyone░. 8 When they came░ back to their brothers░ at Zorah░ and Eshtaol░, their brothers░ said░ to them, “What░ [do] you [report]?” 9 They said░, “Arise░, and let us go░ up against░ them; for we have seen░ the land░, and behold░, it is very░ good░. And will you Isit░ still░? Do not delay░ to go░, to enter░, to possess░ the land░. 10 When you enter░, you will come░ to a secure░ people░ with a spacious░░ land░; for God░ has given░ it into your hand░, aa place░ where░░ there░ is no░ lack░ of anything░░ that is on the earth░.”
11 ¶ Then from the family░ of the Danites░, from Zorah░ and from Eshtaol░, six░ hundred░ men░ armed░ with weapons░ of war░ set░ out. 12 They went░ up and camped░ at Kiriath-jearim░ in Judah░. Therefore░░ they called░ that place░ IaMahaneh-dan░ to this░ day░; behold░, it is IIwest░ of Kiriath-jearim░. 13 They passed░ from there░ to the hill░ country░ of Ephraim░ and came░ to the house░ of Micah░.
Danites Take Micah’s Idols
14 ¶ Then the five░ men░ who went░ to spy░ out the country░ of Laish░ said░ to their kinsmen░, “Do you know░ that there░ are in these░ houses░ aan ephod░ and Ihousehold░ idols░ and a graven░ image░ and a molten░ image░? Now░ therefore, consider░ what░ you should do░.” 15 They turned░ aside░ there░ and came░ to the house░ of the young░ man░, the Levite░, to the house░ of Micah░, and asked░ him of his welfare░. 16 The six░ hundred░ men░ armed░ with their weapons░ of war░, who░ were of the sons░ of Dan░, stood░ by the entrance░ of the gate░. 17 Now the five░ men░ who went░ to spy░ out the land░ went░ up [and] entered░ there░, [and] took░ athe graven░ image░ and the ephod░ and Ihousehold░ idols░ and the molten░ image░, while the priest░ stood░ by the entrance░ of the gate░ with the six░ hundred░ men░ armed░ with weapons░ of war░. 18 When these░ went░ into Micah’s░ house░ and took░ the graven░ image░, the ephod░ and Ihousehold░ idols░ and the molten░ image░, the priest░ said░ to them, “What░ are you doing░?” 19 They said░ to him, “Be silent░, aput░ your hand░ over░ your mouth░ and come░ with us, and be to us ba father░ and a priest░. Is it better░ for you to be a priest░ to the house░ of one░ man░, or░ to be priest░ to a tribe░ and a family░ in Israel░?” 20 The priest’s░ heart░ was glad░, and he took░ the ephod░ and Ihousehold░ idols░ and the graven░ image░ and went░ among░ the people░.
 IHeb teraphim aJg 17:5
 IHeb teraphim aGn 31:19, 30; Is 41:29; Mi 5:13
 IHeb teraphim
 aJb 21:5; 29:9; 40:4 bJg 17:10
 IHeb teraphim
21 ¶ Then they turned░ and departed░, and put░ the little░ ones░ and the livestock░ and the valuables░ in front░ of them. 22 When they had gone░ some░ distance░ from the house░ of Micah░, the men░ who░ [were] in the houses░ near░ Micah’s░ house░ assembled░ and overtook░ the sons░ of Dan░. 23 They cried░ to the sons░ of Dan░, who turned░ Iaround░ and said░ to Micah░, “What░ is [the matter] with you, that you have assembled░ together░?” 24 He said░, “You have taken░ away my gods░ which░ I made░, and the priest░, and have gone░ away, and what░ do I have besides░? So how░░ can you say░ to me, ‘What░ is [the matter] with you?’” 25 The sons░ of Dan░ said░ to him, “Do not let your voice░ be heard░ among░ us, or░ else░ Ifierce░░ men░ will fall░ upon you and you will IIlose░ your life░, with the lives░ of your household░.” 26 So the sons░ of Dan░ went░ on their way░; and when Micah░ saw░ that they were too░ strong░ for him, he turned░ and went░ back░ to his house░.
27 ¶ Then they took░ what░ Micah░ had made░ and the priest░ who░ had░ belonged░ to him, and came░ to aLaish░, to a people░ quiet░ and secure░, and struck░ them with the edge░ of the sword░; and they burned░ the city░ with fire░. 28 And there░ was no░ one░ to deliver░ [them], because░ it was far░ from Sidon░ and they had░ no░ dealings░ with anyone░, and it was in the valley░ which░ is near aBeth-rehob░. And they rebuilt░ the city░ and lived░ in it. 29 aThey called░ the name░ of the city░ Dan░, after the name░ of Dan░ their father░ who░ was born░ in Israel░; however░, the name░ of the city░ formerly░ was Laish░. 30 The sons░ of Dan░ set░ up for themselves athe graven░ image░; and Jonathan░, the son░ of bGershom░, the son░ of IManasseh░, ahe and his sons░ were priests░ to the tribe░ of the Danites░ until░ the day░ of the captivity░ of the land░. 31 So they set░ up for themselves Micah’s░ graven░ image░ which░ he had made░, all░ the time░ that the ahouse░ of God░ was at Shiloh░.
 aJsh 19:47; Jg 18:7
 a2S 10:6
 aJsh 19:47
 ISome ancient versions read Moses aJg 17:3, 5 bEx 2:22; 18:3
 aJsh 18:1
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The Danites send five men to seek out an inheritance.
1 ¶ In those▓ days║ [there was] no▓ king║ in Israel:║ and in those▓ days║ the tribe║ of the Danites║ sought║¬ them an inheritance║ to dwell▓ in;╣¬ for▓ unto▓ that▓ day║ [all their] inheritance║ had not▓ fallen║¬ unto them among║ the tribes║ of Israel.║ 2 And the children║ of Dan║ sent║¬ of their family║▓ five║ men╣▓ from their coasts,║▓ men╣▓ of valour,║ from Zorah,║▓ and from Eshtaol,║▓ to spy╣¬ out▓▓ the land,║ and to search║¬ it; and they said║¬ unto▓ them, Go,╣¬▓ search║¬▓ the land:║ who when they came║¬ to mount║ Ephraim,║ to▓ the house║ of Micah,║ they lodged║¬ there.▓
 Gn 36:31; Dt 33:5; Jsh 19:40; Jg 1:34; 17:6; 19:1; 21:25.
 Gn 42:9; Nu 13:17; Jsh 2:1; 17:15; 19:41; Jg 13:2, 25; 16:31; 17:1; 18:8, 11; 19:1, 18; Pv 20:18; Lk 14:31.
At the house of Micah they consult with Jonathan, and are encouraged in their way.
3 When they▓ [were] by▓ the house║ of Micah,║ they▓ knew║¬▓ the voice║ of the young man║ the Levite:║ and they turned in║¬ thither,▓ and said║¬ unto him, Who▓ brought║¬ thee hither?║ and what▓ makest║¬ thou▓ in this▓ [place]? and what▓ hast thou here?▓ 4 And he said║¬ unto▓ them, Thus║ and thus║ dealeth║¬ Micah║ with me, and hath hired║¬ me, and I am▓ his priest.║ 5 And they said║¬ unto him, Ask counsel,║¬ we pray thee,▓ of God,║ that we may know║¬ whether our way║ which▓ we▓ go║¬ shall be prosperous.║¬ 6 And the priest║ said║¬ unto them, Go╣¬▓ in peace:║ before║ the LORD║ [is] your way║ wherein▓ ye go.╣¬▓
 Gn 27:22; Jg 12:6; Is 22:16; Mt 26:73.
 Jg 17:10; Pv 28:21; Is 56:11; Ezk 13:19; Ho 4:8; Mal 1:10; Jn 10:12; Ac 8:18; 20:33; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:11; 2P 2:3, 14.
 Jg 17:5, 13; 18:14; 1K 22:5; 2K 16:15; Is 30:1; Ezk 21:21; Ho 4:12; Ac 8:10.
 Dt 11:12; 1K 22:6, 12, 15; Ps 33:18; Jr 23:21, 32; 1Th 3:11.
They search Laish, and bring back news of good hope.
7 ¶ Then the five║ men╣▓ departed,╣¬▓ and came║¬ to Laish,║ and saw║¬▓ the people║ that▓ [were] therein,║ how they dwelt║¬ careless,║ after the manner║ of the Zidonians,║ quiet║¬ and secure;║¬ and [there was] no▓ magistrate║║¬ in the land,║ that might put [them] to shame║¬ in [any] thing;║ and they▓ [were] far║ from the Zidonians,║▓ and had no▓ business║ with▓ [any] man.║ 8 And they came║¬ unto▓ their brethren║ to Zorah║ and Eshtaol:║ and their brethren║ said║¬ unto them, What▓ [say] ye?▓ 9 And they said,║¬ Arise,║¬ that we may go up║¬ against▓ them: for▓ we have seen║¬▓ the land,║ and, behold,▓ it [is] very║ good:║ and [are] ye▓ still?║¬ be not slothful║¬▓ to go,╣¬▓ [and] to enter║¬ to possess║¬▓ the land.║ 10 When ye go,║¬ ye shall come║¬ unto▓ a people║ secure,║¬ and to a large║ land:║ for▓ God║ hath given║¬ it into your hands;║ a place║ where▓ [there is] no▓ want║ of any▓ thing║ that▓ [is] in the earth.║
 Jsh 19:47; Jg 18:27; 1S 3:13; 1K 1:6; Ro 13:3; 1P 2:14; Rv 18:7.
 Jg 13:2; 16:31; 18:2, 11.
 Nu 13:30; 14:7; Jsh 2:23; 18:3; 1S 4:9; 2S 10:12; 1K 22:23; Jn 6:27; He 6:11; 2P 1:10.
 Ex 3:8; Dt 2:29; 4:1; 8:7; 11:11; Jsh 6:16; Jg 18:7, 27; Ezk 20:6; 1Ti 6:17.
Six hundred men are sent to surprise it.
11 ¶ And there went║¬ from thence▓▓ of the family║▓ of the Danites,║ out of Zorah║▓ and out of Eshtaol,║▓ six║ hundred║ men║ appointed║¬ with weapons║ of war.║ 12 And they went up,║¬ and pitched║¬ in Kirjathjearim,║ in Judah:║ wherefore▓▓ they called║¬ that▓ place║ Mahanehdan║ unto▓ this▓ day:║ behold,▓ [it is] behind║ Kirjathjearim.║ 13 And they passed║¬ thence▓▓ unto mount║ Ephraim,║ and came║¬ unto▓ the house║ of Micah.║
 Jg 18:11.
 Jsh 15:60; Jg 13:25; 1S 7:1; 1Ch 13:5; 2Ch 1:4.
 Jsh 24:30, 33; Jg 17:1; 18:2; 19:1.
In the way they rob Micah of his priest and his consecrate things.
14 ¶ Then answered║¬ the five║ men╣▓ that went║¬ to spy out║¬▓ the country║ of Laish,║ and said║¬ unto▓ their brethren,║ Do ye know║¬ that▓ there is║ in these▓ houses║ an ephod,║ and teraphim,║ and a graven image,║ and a molten image?║ now▓ therefore consider║¬ what▓ ye have to do.║¬ 15 And they turned║¬ thitherward,▓ and came║¬ to▓ the house║ of the young man║ the Levite,║ [even] unto the house║ of Micah,║ and saluted║║¬ him. 16 And the six║ hundred║ men║ appointed║¬ with their weapons║ of war,║ which▓ [were] of the children║▓ of Dan,║ stood║¬ by the entering║ of the gate.║ 17 And the five║ men╣▓ that went╣¬▓ to spy out║¬▓ the land║ went up,║¬ [and] came in║¬ thither,▓ [and] took║¬▓ the graven image,║ and the ephod,║ and the teraphim,║ and the molten image:║ and the priest║ stood║¬ in the entering║ of the gate║ with the six║ hundred║ men║ [that were] appointed║¬ with weapons║ of war.║ 18 And these▓ went║¬ into Micah's║ house,║ and fetched║¬▓ the carved image,║ the ephod,║ and the teraphim,║ and the molten image.║ Then said║¬ the priest║ unto▓ them, What▓ do║¬ ye?▓ 19 And they said║¬ unto him, Hold thy peace,║¬ lay║¬ thine hand║ upon▓ thy mouth,║ and go╣¬▓ with▓ us, and be▓ to us╣¬ a father║ and a priest:║ [is it] better║ for thee to be▓ a priest║ unto the house║ of one║ man,║ or▓ that thou be▓ a priest║ unto a tribe║ and a family║ in Israel?║ 20 And the priest's║ heart║ was glad,║¬ and he took║¬▓ the ephod,║ and the teraphim,║ and the graven image,║ and went▓ in╣¬ the midst║ of the people.║ 21 So they turned║¬ and departed,╣¬▓ and put║¬▓ the little ones║ and the cattle║ and the carriage║ before║ them.
 Jg 17:5; 18:3; 1S 14:28; Pv 19:27; Is 8:19.
 Gn 37:14; 43:27; 1S 17:22; 2K 4:26; Mt 10:12; Lk 10:4; Jn 14:27.
 Jg 18:11.
 Ex 32:20; Jg 6:31; 17:4; 18:2, 14; 1S 4:11; 6:2; 2K 19:18; Is 46:1, 7.
 Jg 17:10; 2K 6:21; 8:8; 13:14; Jb 21:5; 29:9; 40:4; Pv 30:32; Mi 7:16; Mt 23:9.
 Jg 17:10; Pv 30:15; Is 56:11; Ezk 13:19; Ho 4:3; Ac 20:33; Php 3:19; 2P 2:3, 15.
 Jg 18:21.
22 ¶ [And] when they▓ were a good way║¬ from the house║▓ of Micah,║ the men╣▓ that▓ [were] in the houses║ near▓ to Micah's║ house║ were gathered together,║¬ and overtook║¬▓ the children║ of Dan.║ 23 And they cried║¬ unto▓ the children║ of Dan.║ And they turned║¬ their faces,║ and said║¬ unto Micah,║ What▓ aileth thee, that▓ thou comest with such a company?║¬ 24 And he said,║¬ Ye have taken away║¬▓ my gods║ which▓ I made,║¬ and the priest,║ and ye are gone away:╣¬▓ and what▓ have I more?▓ and what▓ [is] this▓ [that] ye say║¬ unto▓ me, What▓ aileth thee? 25 And the children║ of Dan║ said║¬ unto▓ him, Let not▓ thy voice║ be heard║¬ among▓ us, lest▓ angry║║ fellows╣▓ run║¬ upon thee, and thou lose║¬ thy life,║ with the lives║ of thy household.║ 26 And the children║ of Dan║ went╣¬▓ their way:║ and when Micah║ saw║¬ that▓ they▓ [were] too strong║ for▓ him, he turned║¬ and went back║¬ unto▓ his house.║
 Gn 21:17; 1S 11:5; 2S 14:5; 2K 6:28; Ps 114:5; Is 22:1.
 Jg 17:13; Ps 115:8; Is 44:18; Jr 50:38; 51:17; Ezk 23:5; Hab 2:18; Ac 19:26; Rv 17:2.
 1S 30:6; 2S 17:8; Jb 3:5; 27:2.
They win Laish, and call it Dan.
27 And they▓ took║¬▓ [the things] which▓ Micah║ had made,║¬ and the priest║ which▓ he had,▓ and came║¬ unto▓ Laish,║ unto▓ a people║ [that were] at quiet║¬ and secure:║¬ and they smote║¬ them with the edge║ of the sword,║ and burnt║¬ the city║ with fire.║ 28 And [there was] no▓ deliverer,║¬ because▓ it▓ [was] far║ from Zidon,║▓ and they had no▓ business║ with▓ [any] man;║ and it▓ was in the valley║ that▓ [lieth] by Bethrehob.║ And they built║¬▓ a city,║ and dwelt║¬ therein. 29 And they called║¬ the name║ of the city║ Dan,║ after the name║ of Dan║ their father,║ who▓ was born║¬ unto Israel:║ howbeit║ the name║ of the city║ [was] Laish║ at the first.║
 Dt 33:22; Jsh 11:11; 19:47; Jg 18:7, 10.
 Nu 13:21; Jsh 11:8; Jg 18:1, 7; 2S 10:6; 14:6; Ps 7:2; 50:22; Is 23:4, 12; Dn 3:15.
 Gn 14:14; 30:6; 32:28; Jsh 19:47; Jg 20:1; 2S 17:11; 1K 12:29; 15:20.
They set up idolatry, wherein Jonathan inheriteth the priesthood.
30 ¶ And the children║ of Dan║ set up║¬▓ the graven image:║ and Jonathan,║ the son║ of Gershom,╣▓ the son║ of Manasseh,║ he▓ and his sons║ were▓ priests║ to the tribe║ of Dan║ until▓ the day║ of the captivity║¬ of the land.║ 31 And they set them up║¬▓ Micah's║ graven image,║ which▓ he made,║¬ all▓ the time║ that the house║ of God║ was▓ in Shiloh.║
 Ex 20:4; Lv 26:1; Dt 17:2; 27:15; 31:16, 29; Jsh 19:40; Jg 13:1; 1S 4:2, 10; Ps 78:58, 60; 105:44.
 Jsh 18:1; Jg 19:18; 21:21; 1S 1:3; 4:4; Jr 7:12.
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