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Judges 18
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Danites Seek Territory

18IN THOSE days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites sought for itself an inheritance to dwell in, for until then no [sufficient] inheritance had been acquired by them among the tribes of Israel.H3117H4428H3478H3117H7626H1839H1245H5159H3427H3117H5159H5307H8432H7626H3478 2So the Danites sent from the whole number of their tribe five brave men from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out the land and to explore it, and they said to them, Go, explore the land. They came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.H1121H1835H7971H4940H2568H582H7098H1121H2428H6881H847H7270H776H2713H559H3212H2713H776H935H2022H669H1004H4318H3885 3When they went by the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young Levite, and they turned aside there and said to him, Who brought you here? And what do you do in this place? And what have you here?H1004H4318H5234H6963H5288H3881H5493H559H935H1988H6213 4And he said to them, Thus and thus Micah deals with me and has hired me, and I am his priest.H559H2090H2090H6213H4318H7936H3548 5And they said to him, Ask counsel, we pray you, of God that we may know whether our journey will be successful.H559H7592H430H3045H1870H1980H6743 6And the priest said to them, Go in peace. The way in which you go is before (under the eye of) the Lord.H3548H559H3212H7965H5227H3068H1870H3212 7Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were there, how they dwelt securely after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and feeling safe; and there was no magistrate in the land, who might put them to shame in anything {or} injure them; and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.H2568H582H3212H935H3919H7200H5971H7130H3427H983H4941H6722H8252H982H3423H6114H776H3637H1697H7350H6722H1697H120 8The five men came back to their brethren at Zorah and Eshtaol, and their brethren said to them, What do you say?H935H251H6881H847H251H559 9They said, Arise, let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very fertile. And will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go and enter in and possess the land.H559H6965H5927H7200H776H3966H2896H2814H6101H3212H935H3423H776 10When you go, you will come to people [feeling] safe and secure. The land is broad [widely extended on all sides]; and God has given it into your hands--a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth.H935H935H5971H982H7342H776H430H5414H3027H4725H4270H1697H776 11And there went from there of the tribe of the Danites, out of Zorah and Eshtaol, 600 men armed with weapons of war.H5265H4940H1839H6881H847H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421 12And they went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan [camp of Dan] to this day; it is west of Kiriath-jearim.H5927H2583H7157H3063H7121H4725H4265H3117H310H7157 13And they passed from there to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah's house.H5674H2022H669H935H1004H4318

Danites Take Micah’s Idols

14Then the five men who had gone to spy out the country of Laish said to their brethren, Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod, teraphim, a graven image, and a molten image? Now therefore, consider what you have to do.H6030H2568H582H1980H7270H776H3919H559H251H3045H3426H1004H646H8655H6459H4541H3045H6213 15And they turned in that direction and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and saluted him.H5493H935H1004H5288H3881H1004H4318H7592H7965 16Now the 600 Danites with their weapons of war stood at Micah's gate.H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421H1121H1835H5324H6607H8179 17And the five men who had gone to spy out the land went up and entered the house and took the graven image, the ephod, the teraphim, and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the 600 men armed with weapons of war.H2568H582H1980H7270H776H5927H935H3947H6459H646H8655H4541H3548H5324H6607H8179H8337H3967H376H2296H3627H4421 18And when these went into Micah's house and took the carved image, the ephod, the teraphim, and the molten image, the priest said to them, What are you doing?H935H4318H1004H3947H6459H646H8655H4541H559H3548H6213 19And they said to him, Be still, put your hand over your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or that you be a priest to a tribe and family in Israel?H559H2790H7760H3027H6310H3212H1961H1H3548H2896H3548H1004H259H376H3548H7626H4940H3478 20And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.H3548H3820H3190H3947H646H8655H6459H935H7130H5971 21So they turned and departed and put the little ones, the cattle, and the baggage in front of them.H6437H3212H7760H2945H4735H3520H6440 22When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men who were Micah's near neighbors were called out and overtook the Danites.H7368H1004H4318H582H1004H4318H1004H2199H1692H1121H1835 23They shouted to the Danites, who turned and said to Micah, What ails you, that you come with such a company?H7121H1121H1835H5437H6440H559H4318H2199 24And he said, You take away my gods which I made and the priest, and go away; and what have I left? How can you say to me, What ails you?H559H3947H430H6213H3548H3212H559 25And the men of Dan said to him, Let not your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you and you lose your life with the lives of your household.H1121H1835H559H6963H8085H4751H5315H582H6293H622H5315H5315H1004 26And the Danites went their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.H1121H1835H3212H1870H4318H7200H2389H6437H7725H1004 27And they took the things which Micah had made, and his priest, and came to Laish, to a people quiet and feeling secure, and they smote them with the sword and burned the city.H3947H4318H6213H3548H935H3919H5971H8252H982H5221H6310H2719H8313H5892H784 28And there was no deliverer because it was far from Sidon, and they had no business with anyone. It was in the valley which belongs to Beth-rehob. And they rebuilt the city and dwelt in it.H5337H7350H6721H1697H120H6010H1050H1129H5892H3427 29They named the city Dan, after Dan their forefather who was born to Israel; however, the name of the city was Laish at first.H7121H8034H5892H1835H8034H1835H1H3205H3478H199H8034H5892H3919H7223 30And the Danites set up the graven image for themselves; and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.H1121H1835H6965H6459H3083H1121H1647H1121H4519H1121H3548H7626H1839H3117H1540H776 31So they set them up Micah's graven image which he made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh.H7760H4318H6459H6213H3117H1004H430H7887


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