Judges 18


18:1 In those days [there was] no king in Israel: and in those
 days the tribe of the Danites sought for themselves an
 inheritance to dwell in; for to that day [all their]
 inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.
18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from
 their borders, men of valor, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to
 explore the land, and to search it; and they said to 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 thither, and
 said to him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in
 this [place]? and what hast thou here?
18:4 And he said to them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me,
 and hath hired me, and I am his priest.
18:5 And they said to him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God,
 that we may know whether our way which we go shall be
 prosperous.
18:6 And the priest said to them, Go in peace: before the LORD
 [is] your way in which ye go.
18:7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the
 people that [were] in it, 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 to their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and
 their brethren said to them, What [say] ye?
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]
 ye still? be not slothful to go, [and] to enter to possess the
 land.
18:10 When ye go, ye shall come to a people secure, and to a
 large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place
 where [there] is no want of any thing that [is] on the earth.
18:11 And there went from thence 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 encamped in Kirjath-jearim, in
 Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan to this
 day: behold, [it is] behind Kirjath-jearim.
18:13 And they passed thence to mount Ephraim, and came to the
 house of Micah.
18:14 Then answered the five men that went to explore the
 country of Laish, and said to their brethren, Do ye know that
 there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven
 image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have
 to do.
18:15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the
 young man the Levite, [even] to the house of Micah, and saluted
 him.
18:16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of
 war, who [were] of the children of Dan, stood by the entrance
 of the gate.
18:17 And the five men that went to explore the land went up,
 [and] came in thither, [and] took the graven image, and the
 ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest
 stood in the entrance 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 brought the carved
 image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then
 said the priest to them, What do ye?
18:19 And they said to him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon
 thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest:
 [Is it] better for thee to be a priest to the house of one man,
 or that thou shouldst be a priest to a tribe and a family in
 Israel?
18:20 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 people.
18:21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones, and
 the cattle, and the furniture 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
 collected, and overtook the children of Dan.
18:23 And they cried to the children of Dan. And they turned
 their faces, and said to Micah, What aileth thee, that thou
 comest with such a company?
18:24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and
 the priest, and ye have gone away: and what have I more? and
 what [is] this [that] ye say to me, What aileth thee?
18:25 And the children of Dan said to him, Let not thy voice be
 heard among us, lest angry fellows rush upon thee, and thou
 lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
18:26 And the children of Dan departed: and when Micah saw that
 they [were] too strong for him, he turned and went back to his
 house.
18:27 And they took [the things] which Micah had made, and the
 priest which he had, and came to Laish, to a people [that were]
 at quiet and secure: and they smote 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 [lieth] by Beth-rehob. And they built a city
 and dwelt in it.
18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name
 of Dan their father, who was born to Israel: but 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 up for themselves Micah's graven image which
 he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
 
 

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