18:30 The Danites worshiped 1 the carved image. Jonathan, descendant 2 of Gershom, son of Moses, 3 and his descendants 4 served as priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the exile.
18:31 They worshiped 5 Micah’s carved image 6 the whole time God’s authorized shrine 7 was in Shiloh.
1 tn Heb “erected for themselves.”
2 tn Heb “son.”
3 tc Several ancient textual witnesses, including some LXX mss and the Vulgate, support the reading “Moses” (מֹשֶׁה, mosheh) here. Many Hebrew mss have a nun (נ) suspended above the name between the first two letters (מנשׁה), suggesting the name Manasseh (מְנַשֶּׁה, mÿnasheh). This is probably a scribal attempt to protect Moses’ reputation. For discussion, see G. F. Moore, Judges (ICC), 401-2.
4 tn Heb “sons.”
5 tn Heb “they set up for themselves.”
6 tn Heb “the carved image that Micah had made.”
7 tn Heb “the house of God.”