18:2 The Danites sent out from their whole tribe five representatives, 1 capable men 2 from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and explore it. They said to them, “Go, explore the land.” They came to the Ephraimite hill country and spent the night at Micah’s house. 3 18:3 As they approached 4 Micah’s house, they recognized the accent 5 of the young Levite. So they stopped 6 there and said to him, “Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?” 7
1 tn Heb “The Danites sent from their tribe five men, from their borders.”
2 tn Heb “men, sons of strength.”
3 tn Heb “They came to the Ephraimite hill country, to Micah’s house, and spent the night there.”
4 tn Or “When they were near.”
5 tn Heb “voice.” This probably means that “his speech was Judahite [i.e., southern] like their own, not Israelite [i.e., northern]” (R. G. Boling, Judges [AB], 263).
6 tn Heb “turned aside.”
7 tn Heb “What [is there] to you here?”