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 took1 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?' "
References for Judges 18:24
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,2 turned around and went back home.
References for Judges 18:26
Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a peaceful and unsuspecting people.3 They attacked them with the sword and burned4 down their city.5
References for Judges 18:27
There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon6 and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.7 The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.
References for Judges 18:28
They named it Dan8 after their forefather Dan, who was born to Israel--though the city used to be called Laish.9
References for Judges 18:29
There the Danites set up for themselves the idols, and Jonathan son of Gershom,10 the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land.
References for Judges 18:30