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1 At that time Israel did not have a king. And at that time the tribe of Dan was still looking for a land where they could live, a land of their own. The Danites had not yet been given their own land among the tribes of Israel. 1 In those days Israel had no king. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
2 So, from their family groups, they chose five soldiers from the cities of Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out and explore the land. They were told, "Go, explore the land." They came to the mountains of Ephraim, to Micah's house, where they spent the night. 2 So the Danites sent five warriors from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out the land and explore it. These men represented all their clans. They told them, "Go, explore the land." The men entered the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah, where they spent the night.
3 When they came near Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite. So they stopped there and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing here? Why are you here?" 3 When they were near Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they turned in there and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? Why are you here?"
4 He told them what Micah had done for him, saying "He hired me. I am his priest." 4 He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest."
5 They said to him, "Please ask God if our journey will be successful." 5 Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful."
6 The priest said to them, "Go in peace. The Lord is pleased with your journey." 6 The priest answered them, "Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD's approval."
7 So the five men left. When they came to the city of Laish, they saw that the people there lived in safety, like the people of Sidon. They thought they were safe and had plenty of everything. They lived a long way from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone else. 7 So the five men left and came to Laish, where they saw that the people were living in safety, like the Sidonians, unsuspecting and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous. Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonians and had no relationship with anyone else.
8 When the five men returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, "What did you find?" 8 When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers asked them, "How did you find things?"
9 They answered, "We have seen the land, and it is very good. We should attack them. Aren't you going to do something? Don't wait! Let's go and take that land! 9 They answered, "Come on, let's attack them! We have seen that the land is very good. Aren't you going to do something? Don't hesitate to go there and take it over.
10 When you go, you will see there is plenty of land -- plenty of everything! The people are not expecting an attack. Surely God has handed that land over to us!" 10 When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever."
11 So six hundred Danites left Zorah and Eshtaol ready for war. 11 Then six hundred men from the clan of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.
12 On their way they set up camp near the city of Kiriath Jearim in Judah. That is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is named Mahaneh Dann to this day. 12 On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan to this day.
13 From there they traveled on to the mountains of Ephraim. Then they came to Micah's house. 13 From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah's house.
14 The five men who had explored the land around Laish said to their relatives, "Do you know in one of these houses there are a holy vest, household gods, an idol, and a statue? You know what to do." 14 Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their brothers, "Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, other household gods, a carved image and a cast idol? Now you know what to do."
15 So they stopped at the Levite's house, which was also Micah's house, and greeted the Levite. 15 So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him.
16 The six hundred Danites stood at the entrance gate, wearing their weapons of war. 16 The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance to the gate.
17 The five spies went into the house and took the idol, the holy vest, the household idols, and the statue. The priest and the six hundred men armed for war stood by the entrance gate. 17 The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the carved image, the ephod, the other household gods and the cast idol while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance to the gate.
18 When the spies went into Micah's house and took the image, the holy vest, the household idols, and the statue, the priest asked them, "What are you doing?" 18 When these men went into Micah's house and took the carved image, the ephod, the other household gods and the cast idol, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
19 They answered, "Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us and be our father and priest. Is it better for you to be a priest for one man's house or for a tribe and family group in Israel?" 19 They answered him, "Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?"
20 This made the priest happy. So he took the holy vest, the household idols, and the idol and went with the Danites. 20 Then the priest was glad. He took the ephod, the other household gods and the carved image and went along with the people.
21 They left Micah's house, putting their little children, their animals, and everything they owned in front of them. 21 Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.
22 When they had gone a little way from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called out and caught up with them. 22 When they had gone some distance from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.
23 The men with Micah shouted at the Danites, who turned around and said to Micah, "What's the matter with you? Why have you been called out to fight?" 23 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?"
24 Micah answered, "You took my gods that I made and my priest. What do I have left? How can you ask me, 'What's the matter?'" 24 He replied, "You took 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?' "
25 The Danites answered, "You should not argue with us. Some of our angry men might attack you, killing you and your family." 25 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."
26 Then the Danites went on their way. Micah knew they were too strong for him, so he turned and went back home. 26 So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.
27 Then the Danites took what Micah had made and his priest and went on to Laish. They attacked those peaceful people and killed them with their swords and then burned the city. 27 Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a peaceful and unsuspecting people. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city.
28 There was no one to save the people of Laish. They lived too far from Sidon, and they had no dealings with anyone else. Laish was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The people of Dan rebuilt the city and lived there. 28 There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.
29 They changed the name of Laish to Dan, naming it for their ancestor Dan, one of the sons of Israel. 29 They named it Dan after their forefather Dan, who was born to Israel--though the city used to be called Laish.
30 The people of Dan set up the idols in the city of Dan. Jonathan son of Gershom, Moses' son, and his sons served as priests for the tribe of Dan until the land was captured. 30 There the Danites set up for themselves the idols, and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land.
31 The people of Dan set up the idols Micah had made as long as the Holy Tent of God was in Shiloh. 31 They continued to use the idols Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.