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Judges 18:1-31

In those days
<03117>
[there was] no king
<04428>
in Israel
<03478>_:
and in those days
<03117>
the tribe
<07626>
of the Danites
<01839>
sought
<01245> (8764)
them an inheritance
<05159>
to dwell in
<03427> (8800)_;
for unto that day
<03117>
[all their] inheritance
<05159>
had not fallen
<05307> (8804)
unto them among
<08432>
the tribes
<07626>
of Israel
<03478>_.
And the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>
sent
<07971> (8799)
of their family
<04940>
five
<02568>
men
<0582>
from their coasts
<07098>_,
men
<01121>
of valour
<02428>_,
from Zorah
<06881>_,
and from Eshtaol
<0847>_,
to spy
<07270> (8763)
out the land
<0776>_,
and to search
<02713> (8800)
it; and they said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Go
<03212> (8798)_,
search
<02713> (8798)
the land
<0776>_:
who when they came
<0935> (8799)
to mount
<02022>
Ephraim
<0669>_,
to the house
<01004>
of Micah
<04318>_,
they lodged
<03885> (8799)
there. {men of: Heb. sons of}
When they [were] by the house
<01004>
of Micah
<04318>_,
they knew
<05234> (8689)
the voice
<06963>
of the young man
<05288>
the Levite
<03881>_:
and they turned in
<05493> (8799)
thither, and said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Who brought
<0935> (8689)
thee hither
<01988>_?
and what makest
<06213> (8802)
thou in this [place]? and what hast thou here?
And he said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Thus
<02090>
and thus
<02090>
dealeth
<06213> (8804)
Micah
<04318>
with me, and hath hired
<07936> (8799)
me, and I am his priest
<03548>_.
And they said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Ask counsel
<07592> (8798)_,
we pray thee, of God
<0430>_,
that we may know
<03045> (8799)
whether our way
<01870>
which we go
<01980> (8802)
shall be prosperous
<06743> (8686)_.
And the priest
<03548>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Go
<03212> (8798)
in peace
<07965>_:
before
<05227>
the LORD
<03068>
[is] your way
<01870>
wherein ye go
<03212> (8799)_.
Then the five
<02568>
men
<0582>
departed
<03212> (8799)_,
and came
<0935> (8799)
to Laish
<03919>_,
and saw
<07200> (8799)
the people
<05971>
that [were] therein
<07130>_,
how they dwelt
<03427> (8802)
careless
<0983>_,
after the manner
<04941>
of the Zidonians
<06722>_,
quiet
<08252> (8802)
and secure
<0982> (8802)_;
and [there was] no magistrate
<03423> (8802) <06114>
in the land
<0776>_,
that might put [them] to shame
<03637> (8688)
in [any] thing
<01697>_;
and they [were] far
<07350>
from the Zidonians
<06722>_,
and had no business
<01697>
with [any] man
<0120>_.
{Laish: also called, Leshem} {magistrate: Heb. possessor, or, heir of restraints}
And they came
<0935> (8799)
unto their brethren
<0251>
to Zorah
<06881>
and Eshtaol
<0847>_:
and their brethren
<0251>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, What [say] ye?
And they said
<0559> (8799)_,
Arise
<06965> (8798)_,
that we may go up
<05927> (8799)
against them: for we have seen
<07200> (8804)
the land
<0776>_,
and, behold, it [is] very
<03966>
good
<02896>_:
and [are] ye still
<02814> (8688)_?
be not slothful
<06101> (8735)
to go
<03212> (8800)_,
[and] to enter
<0935> (8800)
to possess
<03423> (8800)
the land
<0776>_.
When ye go
<0935> (8800)_,
ye shall come
<0935> (8799)
unto a people
<05971>
secure
<0982> (8802)_,
and to a large
<07342>
land
<0776>_:
for God
<0430>
hath given
<05414> (8804)
it into your hands
<03027>_;
a place
<04725>
where [there is] no want
<04270>
of any thing
<01697>
that [is] in the earth
<0776>_.
And there went
<05265> (8799)
from thence of the family
<04940>
of the Danites
<01839>_,
out of Zorah
<06881>
and out of Eshtaol
<0847>_,
six
<08337>
hundred
<03967>
men
<0376>
appointed
<02296> (8803)
with weapons
<03627>
of war
<04421>_.
{appointed: Heb. girded}
And they went up
<05927> (8799)_,
and pitched
<02583> (8799)
in Kirjathjearim
<07157>_,
in Judah
<03063>_:
wherefore they called
<07121> (8804)
that place
<04725>
Mahanehdan
<04265>
unto this day
<03117>_:
behold, [it is] behind
<0310>
Kirjathjearim
<07157>_.
And they passed
<05674> (8799)
thence unto mount
<02022>
Ephraim
<0669>_,
and came
<0935> (8799)
unto the house
<01004>
of Micah
<04318>_.
Then answered
<06030> (8799)
the five
<02568>
men
<0582>
that went
<01980> (8802)
to spy out
<07270> (8763)
the country
<0776>
of Laish
<03919>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto their brethren
<0251>_,
Do ye know
<03045> (8804)
that there is
<03426>
in these houses
<01004>
an ephod
<0646>_,
and teraphim
<08655>_,
and a graven image
<06459>_,
and a molten image
<04541>_?
now therefore consider
<03045> (8798)
what ye have to do
<06213> (8799)_.
And they turned
<05493> (8799)
thitherward, and came
<0935> (8799)
to the house
<01004>
of the young man
<05288>
the Levite
<03881>_,
[even] unto the house
<01004>
of Micah
<04318>_,
and saluted
<07592> (8799) <07965>
him. {saluted...: Heb. asked him of peace}
And the six
<08337>
hundred
<03967>
men
<0376>
appointed
<02296> (8803)
with their weapons
<03627>
of war
<04421>_,
which [were] of the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>_,
stood
<05324> (8737)
by the entering
<06607>
of the gate
<08179>_.
And the five
<02568>
men
<0582>
that went
<01980> (8802)
to spy out
<07270> (8763)
the land
<0776>
went up
<05927> (8799)_,
[and] came in
<0935> (8804)
thither, [and] took
<03947> (8804)
the graven image
<06459>_,
and the ephod
<0646>_,
and the teraphim
<08655>_,
and the molten image
<04541>_:
and the priest
<03548>
stood
<05324> (8737)
in the entering
<06607>
of the gate
<08179>
with the six
<08337>
hundred
<03967>
men
<0376>
[that were] appointed
<02296> (8803)
with weapons
<03627>
of war
<04421>_.
And these went
<0935> (8804)
into Micah's
<04318>
house
<01004>_,
and fetched
<03947> (8799)
the carved image
<06459>_,
the ephod
<0646>_,
and the teraphim
<08655>_,
and the molten image
<04541>_.
Then said
<0559> (8799)
the priest
<03548>
unto them, What do
<06213> (8802)
ye?
And they said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Hold thy peace
<02790> (8685)_,
lay
<07760> (8798)
thine hand
<03027>
upon thy mouth
<06310>_,
and go
<03212> (8798)
with us, and be to us
<01961> (8800)
a father
<01>
and a priest
<03548>_:
[is it] better
<02896>
for thee to be a priest
<03548>
unto the house
<01004>
of one
<0259>
man
<0376>_,
or that thou be a priest
<03548>
unto a tribe
<07626>
and a family
<04940>
in Israel
<03478>_?
And the priest's
<03548>
heart
<03820>
was glad
<03190> (8799)_,
and he took
<03947> (8799)
the ephod
<0646>_,
and the teraphim
<08655>_,
and the graven image
<06459>_,
and went in
<0935> (8799)
the midst
<07130>
of the people
<05971>_.
So they turned
<06437> (8799)
and departed
<03212> (8799)_,
and put
<07760> (8799)
the little ones
<02945>
and the cattle
<04735>
and the carriage
<03520>
before
<06440>
them.
[And] when they were a good way
<07368> (8689)
from the house
<01004>
of Micah
<04318>_,
the men
<0582>
that [were] in the houses
<01004>
near to Micah's
<04318>
house
<01004>
were gathered together
<02199> (8738)_,
and overtook
<01692> (8686)
the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>_.
And they cried
<07121> (8799)
unto the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>_.
And they turned
<05437> (8686)
their faces
<06440>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto Micah
<04318>_,
What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company
<02199> (8738)_?
{comest...: Heb. art gathered together?}
And he said
<0559> (8799)_,
Ye have taken away
<03947> (8804)
my gods
<0430>
which I made
<06213> (8804)_,
and the priest
<03548>_,
and ye are gone away
<03212> (8799)_:
and what have I more? and what [is] this [that] ye say
<0559> (8799)
unto me, What aileth thee?
And the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Let not thy voice
<06963>
be heard
<08085> (8686)
among us, lest angry
<04751> <05315>
fellows
<0582>
run
<06293> (8799)
upon thee, and thou lose
<0622> (8804)
thy life
<05315>_,
with the lives
<05315>
of thy household
<01004>_.
{angry: Heb. bitter of soul}
And the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>
went
<03212> (8799)
their way
<01870>_:
and when Micah
<04318>
saw
<07200> (8799)
that they [were] too strong
<02389>
for him, he turned
<06437> (8799)
and went back
<07725> (8799)
unto his house
<01004>_.
And they took
<03947> (8804)
[the things] which Micah
<04318>
had made
<06213> (8804)_,
and the priest
<03548>
which he had, and came
<0935> (8799)
unto Laish
<03919>_,
unto a people
<05971>
[that were] at quiet
<08252> (8802)
and secure
<0982> (8802)_:
and they smote
<05221> (8686)
them with the edge
<06310>
of the sword
<02719>_,
and burnt
<08313> (8804)
the city
<05892>
with fire
<0784>_.
And [there was] no deliverer
<05337> (8688)_,
because it [was] far
<07350>
from Zidon
<06721>_,
and they had no business
<01697>
with [any] man
<0120>_;
and it was in the valley
<06010>
that [lieth] by Bethrehob
<01050>_.
And they built
<01129> (8799)
a city
<05892>_,
and dwelt
<03427> (8799)
therein.
And they called
<07121> (8799)
the name
<08034>
of the city
<05892>
Dan
<01835>_,
after the name
<08034>
of Dan
<01835>
their father
<01>_,
who was born
<03205> (8795)
unto Israel
<03478>_:
howbeit
<0199>
the name
<08034>
of the city
<05892>
[was] Laish
<03919>
at the first
<07223>_.
And the children
<01121>
of Dan
<01835>
set up
<06965> (8686)
the graven image
<06459>_:
and Jonathan
<03083>_,
the son
<01121>
of Gershom
<01647>_,
the son
<01121>
of Manasseh
<04519>_,
he and his sons
<01121>
were priests
<03548>
to the tribe
<07626>
of Dan
<01839>
until the day
<03117>
of the captivity
<01540> (8800)
of the land
<0776>_.
And they set them up
<07760> (8799)
Micah's
<04318>
graven image
<06459>_,
which he made
<06213> (8804)_,
all the time
<03117>
that the house
<01004>
of God
<0430>
was in Shiloh
<07887>_.


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