In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danitessought them an inheritance to dwell in ; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.2
And the children of Dansent of their familyfivemen from their coasts,men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go , search the land: who when they came to mountEphraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?
And he said unto them, Thus and thusdealethMicah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.5
And they said unto him, Ask counsel , we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous .
And the priestsaid unto them, Go in peace:before the LORD is your way wherein ye go .
Then the fivemendeparted , and came to Laish,a and saw the people that were therein, how they dweltcareless, after the manner of the Zidonians,quiet and secure ; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.8
And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethrensaid unto them, What say ye?
And they said , Arise , that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is verygood: and are ye still ? be not slothful to go , and to enter to possess the land.10
When ye go , ye shall come unto a peoplesecure , and to a largeland: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.11
And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol,sixhundredmenappointedb with weapons of war.12
And they went up , and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that placeMahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behindKirjathjearim.13
And they passed thence unto mountEphraim, and came unto the house of Micah.14
Then answered the fivemen that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do .
And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and salutedc him.
And the sixhundredmenappointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan,stood by the entering of the gate.17
And the fivemen that went to spy out the land went up , and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the prieststood in the entering of the gate with the sixhundredmen that were appointed with weapons of war.18
And these went into Micah'shouse, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
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 oneman, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?20
And the priest'sheart was glad , and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.21
So they turned and departed , and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriagebefore them.
And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah'shouse were gathered together , and overtook the children of Dan.23
And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company ?
And he said , Ye have taken away my gods which I made , and the priest, and ye are gone away : and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?
And the children of Dansaid unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angrydfellowsrun upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.26
And the children of Danwent their way: and when Micahsaw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.27
And they took the things which Micah had made , and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure : and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.28
And there was no deliverer , because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.
And they called the name of the cityDan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel:howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.30
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.31
And they set them upMicah's graven image, which he made , all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.