Judges 18:19

Overview - Judges 18
The Danites send five men to seek out an inheritance.
At the house of Micah they consult with Jonathan, and are encouraged on their way.
They search Laish, and bring back news of good hope.
11 Six hundred men are sent to surprise it.
14 In their way they rob Micah of his priest and his consecrated things.
27 They win Laish, and call it Dan.
30 They set up idolatry, wherein Jonathan inherits the priesthood.
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Judges 18:19  (King James Version)
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?
 


lay thine
This was the token of silence. These men were evidently very ignorant; and absurdly concluded that they should, by taking Micah's gods, secure the presence and favour of the God of Israel, in their expedition and settlement. They perhaps supposed the piety of their motives, and the goodness of their end, would justify the means. But it was a base robbery of Micah, aggravated by the Levite's ingratitude, and their menaces.
Job 21:5 ; 29:9 Job 40:4 Job 40:5 Proverbs 30:32 ; Micah 7:16

a father
17:10 2 Kings 6:21 ; 2 Kings 8:8 2 Kings 8:9 13:14 Matthew 23:9
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