Dan seeks new territory
18:1 In those days [there was] no king in
Israel and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an
inheritance to stay in; for unto that day [all their]
inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
18:2 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.
18:3 When they [were] by the house of Micah, they knew the voice
of the young man the Levite and they turned in there, and said
unto him, Who brought ya'll here ? and what makes you in this
[place]? and what have you here ?
18:4 And he said unto them, This and thus dealeth Micah with me,
and has hired me, and I am his priest.
18:5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray ya'll, of God,
that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.
18:6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace before the LORD
[is] your way wherein ya'll go.
18:7 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.
18:8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol and
their brethren said unto them, What [say ] ya'll?
18:9 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] ya'll
still ? be not idle to go, [and] to enter to possess the
18:10 When ya'll go, ya'll shall come unto a people secure, and to a
large land for God has given it into your hands ; a place where
[there is] no want of any thing that [is] in the earth.
18:11 And there went from there of the family of the Danites,
out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with
weapons of war.
18:12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah
wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day behold,
[it is] behind Kirjathjearim.
18:13 And they passed there unto mount Ephraim, and came unto
the house of Micah.
Micah's images and priests taken away
18:14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country
of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ya'll know that there is
in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a
molten image? now therefore consider what ya'll have to do.
18:15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the
young man the Levite, [even] unto the house of Micah, and saluted
18:16 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.
18:17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up,
[and] came in there, [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.
18:18 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 ya'll?
18:19 And they said unto him, Hold your peace, lay your hand upon
your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest [is
it] better for ya'll to be a priest unto the house of one man, or
that you be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel ?
18:0 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
18:21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and
the cattle and the carriage before them.
18:22 [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.
18:23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned
their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth ya'll, that you
come with such a company ?
18:24 And he said, Ya'll have taken away my gods which I made, and
the priest, and ya'll are gone away and what have I more ? and what
[is] this [that] ya'll say unto me, What aileth ya'll?
18:25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not your voice be
heard among us, unless angry fellows run upon ya'll, and you lose
your life, with the lives of your household.
18:26 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
18:27 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 struck them with the edge of
the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
18:28 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 [lies] by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and
18:29 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.
18:30 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.
18:31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made,
all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
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19 || Chapter 20