Judges 18:30

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 18:30  (King James Version)
And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
 


set up
Exodus 20:4 ; Leviticus 26:1 ; Deuteronomy 17:2-7 ; 27:15 Deuteronomy 31:16 Deuteronomy 31:29 Joshua 19:40-48
Psalms 78:58-61
God had graciously performed his promise, in putting these Danites in possession of that which fell to their lot, obliging them thereby to be faithful to him who had been so to them; they inherited the labour of the people, that they might observe his statues
Psalms 105:44 ,45. But the first thing they do after they are settled is to break his laws, by setting up the graven image, attributing their success to that idol, which, if God had not been infinitely patient, would have been their ruin. Thus a prosperous idolater goes on to offend, imputing this his power unto his God. Instead of Manasseh, some would read Moses; as it is found in some MSS., in the Vulgate and in the concessions of the most intelligent Jews. But Bp. Patrick takes this to be an idle conceit of the Rabbins, and supposes this Jonathan to be of some other family of the Levites. Yet Kimchi acknowledges, that the Jews, deeply concerned for the honour of their lawgiver, to whom they thought it would be a great dishonour to have a grandson who was an idolater, suspended the letter, [Nwn,] {noon,} over the word [Msheh "]
Moses, thus [Menashsheh ,] as it is found in the Hebrew Bibles; which, by means of the points, they have changed into Manasseh.* until.
13:1 1Sa 4:2,3,10,11 Ps 78:60-62

the land
Houbigant contends, that, instead of {haretz,} "the land," we should read {haron,} "the ark;" for the [Vv,] {wav,} and [Nwn, {noon final,} might easily be mistaken for [Tsdy,]
{tzadday final;} which is the only difference between the two
words. This conjecture is the more likely, as the next verse tells us, that Micah's graven image continued at Dan "all the time that the house of God was at Shiloh;" which was till the ark was taken by the Philistines.
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