Judges 18


Dan Seeks an Inheritance

In those days there was not a king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of Dan sought for itself an inheritance to dwell, for [2did not 3fall in 4to it 5until 6that day 7in 8the midst 9of the tribes 10of Israel 1an inheritance]. And [4sent out 1the 2sons 3of Dan] from their peoples five men from their part, men of sons of power, from Zorah and Esthaol, to survey the land, and to track it. And they said to them, Go, and search out the land! And they came unto mount Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, and they rested there. In their being by the house of Micah, that they knew the voice of the young man, the Levite, and they turned aside there. And they said to him, Who brought you here? And what do you do here? And what is it here? And he said to them, [3so 4and 5so 2did 6with me 1Micah], and hired me, and I became to him for a priest. And they said to him, Ask indeed to God! that we will know if [2greatly prospers 1our way] which we go by it. And [3said 4to them 1the 2priest], Go in peace before the  lord! your way by which you go by it. And [4went 1the 2five 3men] and came into Laish. And they saw the people in it dwelling in hope as the amalgamation of the Sidonians, being tranquil in hope, and not being able to speak a word in the land, for they are far from Sidon, and [2word 1there was no] to them with Syria. And [4came 1the 2five 3men] to their brethren in Zorah and in Esthaol. And [2said 3to them 1their brethren], Why do you sit down? And they said, Rise up, for we should ascend against them! for we saw the land, and behold, [2good, 1it is exceedingly]. And you are silent? You should not be reluctant to go and to enter to inherit the land. 10 When ever you should enter, you shall come to a people being secure, and the land of broad space, for [2delivered it over 1God] into your hand. A place where there is not [2there 1any deficiency] of a thing as much as is on the earth. 11 And they departed from there, from the kin of Dan, from Zorah and from Esthaol -- six hundred men being girded with weapons for battle. 12 And they ascended and camped in Kirjath-jearim in Judah. On account of this [2was called 1that place], Camp of Dan until this day. Behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim. 13 And they went from there unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah.

Micah's Idols Stolen

14 And [9responded 1the 2five 3men 4going 5to survey 6the 7land 8of Laish]. And they said to their brethren, Did you know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a carved image, and a molten image? And now know what you shall do! 15 And they turned aside there, and entered into the house of the young man -- the Levite, into the house of Micah, and they asked him for peace. 16 And the six hundred men being girded with weapons for their warfare, being set up by the door of the gatehouse, were the ones from the sons of Dan. 17 Then [8ascended 1the 2five 3men 4going 5to survey 6the 7land]; and coming there, they took the carved image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. And the priest was set up by the door of the gatehouse, and the six hundred men were girded with weapons for warfare. 18 And when these entered into the house of Micah, and took the carved image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image, that [3said 4to 5them 1the 2priest], What do you do? 19 And they said to him, Be silent, place your hand over your mouth, and come with us! and you will be to us for a father and for a priest. Is it not better for you to be a priest of the house [2man 1of one], or for you to be priest of a tribe and kin in Israel? 20 And it was good to the heart of the priest. And he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the carved image, and the molten image, and entered into the midst of the people. 21 And they turned and went forth, and put the children, and the property, and the load before them. 22 And they were far from the house of Micah, and behold, Micah and the men in the houses, near the house of Micah cried out, and they overtook the sons of Dan. 23 And they yelled to the sons of Dan. And [4turned 1the 2sons 3of Dan] their faces, and they said to Micah, What is it to you that you cry out? 24 And he said, The gods which I made you took, and the priest, and you departed. And what is there to me still? And what is this you say to me, Why is this that you cry out? 25 And [4said 5to 6him 1the 2sons 3of Dan], [2should not 3be heard 1Your voice] with us, lest at any time [4should confront 5you 1men 2in severe pain 3of soul], and you shall add your life, and the life of your household. 26 And [4went 1the 2sons 3of Dan] on their way. And Micah saw that [2too mighty 3for him 1they are], and he turned aside and returned to his house.

The Sons of Dan Destroy Laish

27 And they took as much as Micah made, and the priest who was with him, and they went unto Laish, upon a people being tranquil, and being secure. And they struck them by the mouth of the broadsword, and the city they burned by fire. 28 And there is no one rescuing, for it is far from Sidon, and communication is not to them with man; and it is in the valley which is of the house of Rehob. And they built up the city, and dwelt in it. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, according to the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel. And [5was 6Laish 1the name 2to the 3city 4formerly]. 30 And [4set up 5for themselves 1the 2sons 3of Dan] the carved image. And Jonathan, son of Gershom, son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the displacement of the land. 31 And they themselves stationed the carved image Micah made all the days, as many as [4was 1the 2house 3of God] in Shiloh. And it came to pass in those days there was no king in Israel.
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