They answered him, "Be quiet!1 Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest.2 Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan3 in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?"
Then the priest was glad. He took the ephod, the other household gods and the carved image and went along with the people.
Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.
When they had gone some distance from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.
As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, "What's the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?"
He replied, "You took4 the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, 'What's the matter with you?' "
The Danites answered, "Don't argue with us, or some hot-tempered men will attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives."
So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him,5 turned around and went back home.
Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a peaceful and unsuspecting people.6 They attacked them with the sword and burned7 down their city.828
There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon9 and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.10 The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.
They named it Dan11 after their forefather Dan, who was born to Israel--though the city used to be called Laish.12