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 Judges 18:1 - 31
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   Book of Judges
   Chapter 18  - Click for Chapter Audio
18:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
In R341 those days there was no king of Israel; and in R342 those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for themselves to live in, for until that day an F277 inheritance had not been F278 allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.
 
18:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, valiant F279 men from Zorah R343 and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, "Go, search the land." And they came to the R344 hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
 
18:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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?"
 
18:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
He said to them, "Thus and so has Micah done to me, and he has hired me and I R345 have become his priest."
 
18:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They said to him, "Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous."
 
18:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The priest said to them, "Go in peace; your way in which you are going has F280 the LORD'S approval."
 
18:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then the five men departed and came to Laish R346 and saw the people who were in it living in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for there was no ruler F281 humiliating them for anything in the land, and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.
 
18:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When they came back to their brothers at Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers said to them, "What do you report?"
 
18:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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 sit F282 still? Do not delay to go, to enter, to possess the land.
 
18:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
"When you enter, you will come to a secure people with a spacious land; for God has given it into your hand, a R347 place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth."
 
18:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then from the family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out.
 
18:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan R348 F283 to this day; behold, it is west F284 of Kiriath-jearim.
 
18:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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They passed from there to the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah.
 
18:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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 an R349 ephod and household F285 idols and a graven image and a molten image? Now therefore, consider what you should do."
 
18:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
18:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.
 
18:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the R350 graven image and the ephod and household F286 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.
 
18:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
When these went into Micah's house and took the graven image, the ephod and household F287 idols and the molten image, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
 
18:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They said to him, "Be silent, put R351 your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us a R352 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?"
 
18:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod and household F288 idols and the graven image and went among the people.
 
18:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the livestock and the valuables in front of them.
 
18:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
18:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They cried to the sons of Dan, who turned around F289 and said to Micah, "What is the matter with you, that you have assembled together?"
 
18:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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?' "
 
18:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The sons of Dan said to him, "Do not let your voice be heard among us, or else fierce F290 men will fall upon you and you will lose F291 your life, with the lives of your household."
 
18:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
18:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
Then they took what Micah had made and the priest who had belonged to him, and came to Laish, R353 to a people quiet and secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword; and they burned the city with fire.
 
18:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
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 Beth-rehob. R354 And they rebuilt the city and lived in it.
 
18:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
They R355 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.
 
18:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
The sons of Dan set up for themselves the R356 graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, R357 the son of Manasseh, F292 he R356 and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.
 
18:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
So they set up for themselves Micah's graven image which he had made, all the time that the house R358 of God was at Shiloh.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F277 Lit it
F278 Lit fallen
F279 Lit men, sons of valor
F280 Lit is before the LORD
F281 Lit possessor of restraint
F282 Lit be
F283 I.e. the camp of Dan
F284 Lit behind
F285 Heb teraphim
F286 Heb teraphim
F287 Heb teraphim
F288 Heb teraphim
F289 Lit their faces
F290 Lit bitter of soul
F291 Lit gather
F292 Some ancient versions read Moses

 

CROSS REFERENCES:
R341 Judges 17:6;
R342 Joshua 19:40-48
R343 Judges 13:25
R344 Judges 17:1
R345 Judges 17:12
R346 Joshua 19:47; Judges 18:29
R347 Deuteronomy 8:9
R348 Judges 13:25
R349 Judges 17:5
R350 Genesis 31:19,30; Isaiah 41:29; Micah 5:13
R351 Job 21:5; 29:9;
R352 Judges 17:10
R353 Joshua 19:47; Judges 18:7
R354 2 Samuel 10:6
R355 Joshua 19:47
R356 Judges 17:3,5
R357 Exodus 2:22; 18:3
R358 Joshua 18:1

 
 

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