In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for until then no territory among the tribes of Israel had been allotted to them.
So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it; and they said to them, "Go, explore the land." When they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they stayed there.
While they were at Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they went over and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?"
He said to them, "Micah did such and such for me, and he hired me, and I have become his priest."
Then they said to him, "Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed."
The priest replied, "Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the Lord."
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