So Ish-bosheth took her 1 from her husband Paltiel 2 son of Laish.
They named it Dan after their ancestor, who was one of Israel’s sons. 1 But the city’s name used to be Laish.
(Now Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel son of Laish, who was from Gallim.)
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.”
Now the Danites 1 took what Micah had made, as well as his priest, and came to Laish, where the people were undisturbed and unsuspecting. They struck them down with the sword and burned the city. 2
So the five men journeyed on 1 and arrived in Laish. They noticed that the people there 2 were living securely, like the Sidonians do, 3 undisturbed and unsuspecting. No conqueror was troubling them in any way. 4 They lived far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. 5
Shout out, daughter of Gallim! Pay attention, Laishah! Answer her, Anathoth! 1
(The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 1 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 2 Dan after their ancestor. 3 )
No one came to the rescue because the city 1 was far from Sidon 2 and they had no dealings with anyone. 3 The city 4 was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The Danites 5 rebuilt the city and occupied it.
They said, “Come on, let’s attack them, 1 for 2 we saw their land and it is very good. You seem lethargic, 3 but don’t hesitate 4 to invade and conquer 5 the land.