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Judges 18
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The Descendants of Dan Learn about Micah

18Back in those days, Israel didn't have a king yet, and during that time the tribe of Dan had been seeking a territorial inheritance to live in, because up until that time no territory had been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.H3117H4428H3478H3117H7626H1839H1245H5159H3427H3117H5159H5307H8432H7626H3478 2So the tribe of Dan sent from their families five valiant men of their number from Zorah and Eshtaol to scout the land and search through it. Following their orders, which were "Go and scout the land," they came to the mountainous region of Ephraim, arrived at Micah's home, and stayed there.H1121H1835H7971H4940H2568H582H7098H1121H2428H6881H847H7270H776H2713H559H3212H2713H776H935H2022H669H1004H4318H3885 3As they approached Micah's home, they recognized the voice of the young Levite man. They turned aside from there and spoke to him, asking him, "Who brought you here?What work are you doing here?And what's your business here?"H1004H4318H5234H6963H5288H3881H5493H559H935H1988H6213 4He answered, "Micah did such and such for me, and has hired me, so I've become his priest."H559H2090H2090H6213H4318H7936H3548 5They replied, "Go ask God, please, about whether or not we'll be successful in this journey."H559H7592H430H3045H1870H1980H6743 6The priest responded to them, "Travel in peace. The mission that you're to accomplish is from the Lord."H3548H559H3212H7965H5227H3068H1870H3212 7So the five men left and went to Laish, and observed the people who were living there carefree, as Sidonians tend to do, in peace and quiet. There was no ruler in the land oppressing them for any reason. They were living far away from the Sidonians, and had no dealings with anyone.H2568H582H3212H935H3919H7200H5971H7130H3427H983H4941H6722H8252H982H3423H6114H776H3637H1697H7350H6722H1697H120 8When they returned to their relatives at Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, "What's your report?"H935H251H6881H847H251H559 9They replied, "Let's get going and attack them. We've scouted out the land - and look! - it's a very good one. Why should we sit still?We can't wait to go back, invade, and take over the land.H559H6965H5927H7200H776H3966H2896H2814H6101H3212H935H3423H776 10When you invade, you'll meet a carefree people living in a spacious territory. God has given it into your control - it's a place that lacks nothing on this earth!"H935H935H5971H982H7342H776H430H5414H3027H4725H4270H1697H776 11So 600 Danites from Zorah and Eshtaol set out for battle, armed with military weapons.H5265H4940H1839H6881H847H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421 12They went out and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in the territory of Judah. (That's why they call the place Mahaneh-dan to this day. It lies west of Kiriath-jearim.)H5927H2583H7157H3063H7121H4725H4265H3117H310H7157 13They proceeded from there to the mountainous region of Ephraim and arrived at Micah's house.H5674H2022H669H935H1004H4318

The Descendants of Dan Commandeer Micah’s Idols

14Then the five men who had gone to scout out the territory of Laish told their relatives, "Are you aware that in these houses there's an ephod, some household idols, a carved image, and a cast image?You know what you need to do."H6030H2568H582H1980H7270H776H3919H559H251H3045H3426H1004H646H8655H6459H4541H3045H6213 15So they turned aside from there, went to Micah's house, and greeted him.H5493H935H1004H5288H3881H1004H4318H7592H7965 16While the 600 Danite soldiers, armed with military weapons, stood guard at the entrance to the gate,H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421H1121H1835H5324H6607H8179 17the five men who had gone to scout out the land arrived, entered Micah's home and took possession of the carved image, the ephod, the household idols, and the cast image. Meanwhile, the priest stood outside by the entrance to the gate with the 600 men armed with military weapons.H2568H582H1980H7270H776H5927H935H3947H6459H646H8655H4541H3548H5324H6607H8179H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421 18After they went into Micah's home and took the carved image, the ephod, the household idols, and the cast image, the priest challenged them. "What are you doing?" he asked them.H935H4318H1004H3947H6459H646H8655H4541H559H3548H6213 19They told him, "Shut up and keep quiet. Come with us and be our spiritual father and priest. It's better for you, isn't it, to be a priest to an entire tribe and family in Israel than to be priest to the home of one man?"H559H2790H7760H3027H6310H3212H1961H1H3548H2896H3548H1004H259H376H3548H7626H4940H3478 20The priest was happy to oblige, so he took the ephod, the household idols, and the carved image and went along with the army.19H3548H3820H3190H3947H646H8655H6459H935H7130H5971 21Then they turned around and left, sending their little ones, their livestock, and their valuables on ahead.H6437H3212H7760H2945H4735H3520H6440 22When they had been gone a short distance from Micah's home, some of Micah's neighbors assembled a search party and overtook the Danites.H7368H1004H4318H582H1004H4318H1004H2199H1692H1121H1835 23They yelled at the Danites, who turned around to face Micah and asked, "What's wrong with you?You've assembled together…?"H7121H1121H1835H5437H6440H559H4318H2199 24Micah replied, "You took my gods that I crafted, along with the priest, and left! What do I have left?So what's with this 'What's wrong with you?'"H559H3947H430H6213H3548H3212H559 25The Danites answered him, "You had better not talk to us about this, or else these bad guys here will attack you. You will lose your life, along with the lives of your whole household."H1121H1835H559H6963H8085H4751H5315H582H6293H622H5315H5315H1004 26Then the Danites went on their way. Because Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back home.H1121H1835H3212H1870H4318H7200H2389H6437H7725H1004 27But the Danites took what Micah had made, along with the priest who had worked for him, and went to Laish, to a quiet and carefree people, and killed them with swords. Then they set fire to the city.H3947H4318H6213H3548H935H3919H5971H8252H982H5221H6310H2719H8313H5892H784 28They had no one else to deliver them, because they lived far from Sidon and had no dealings with anyone. It lay in the valley near Beth-rehob. They rebuilt the city and lived in it.H5337H7350H6721H1697H120H6010H1050H1129H5892H3427 29They renamed the city Dan, after the name of their ancestor Dan, who had been born in Israel. The former name of the city was Laish.1828H7121H8034H5892H1835H8034H1835H1H3205H3478H199H8034H5892H3919H7223 30The Danites set up the carved image, and Gershom's son Jonathan, a descendant of Manasseh, served along with his descendants as priests to the tribe of Dan until the land was taken captive.H1121H1835H6965H6459H3083H1121H1647H1121H4519H1121H3548H7626H1839H3117H1540H776 31Micah's carved image, that he himself had crafted, was in place during the entire time that God's tabernacle was set up at Shiloh.H7760H4318H6459H6213H3117H1004H430H7887


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