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Judges 18:14-20

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18:14 The five men who had gone to spy out the land of Laish 1  said to their kinsmen, 2  “Do you realize that inside these houses are an ephod, some personal idols, a carved image, and a metal image? Decide now what you want to do.” 18:15 They stopped 3  there, went inside the young Levite’s house (which belonged to Micah), 4  and asked him how he was doing. 5  18:16 Meanwhile the six hundred Danites, fully armed, stood at the entrance to the gate. 6  18:17 The five men who had gone to spy out the land broke in and stole 7  the carved image, the ephod, the personal idols, and the metal image, while the priest was standing at the entrance to the gate with the six hundred fully armed men. 8  18:18 When these men broke into Micah’s house and stole 9  the carved image, the ephod, the personal idols, and the metal image, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?” 18:19 They said to him, “Shut up! Put your hand over your mouth and come with us! You can be our adviser 10  and priest. Wouldn’t it be better to be a priest for a whole Israelite tribe than for just one man’s family?” 11  18:20 The priest was happy. He took the ephod, the personal idols, and the carved image and joined the group. 12 

1 tc Codex Alexandrinus (A) of the LXX lacks the phrase “of Laish.”

2 tn Heb “brothers.”

3 tn Heb “turned aside.”

4 tn Heb “Micah’s house.”

5 tn Heb “they asked him concerning peace.”

6 tn Heb “And the six hundred men, equipped with the weapons of war…from the sons of Dan.”

7 tn Heb “went up, went in there, took.”

8 tn Heb “six hundred men, equipped with the weapons of war.”

9 tn Heb “These went into Micah’s house and took.”

10 tn See the note on the word “adviser” in 17:10.

11 tn Heb “Is it better for you to be priest for the house of one man or for you to be priest for a tribe, for a clan in Israel?”

12 tn Heb “and went into the midst of the people.”



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