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1 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. 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 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. 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 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?" 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 said to them, "Micah did such and such for me, and he hired me, and I have become his priest." 4 He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest."
5 Then they said to him, "Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed." 5 Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful."
6 The priest replied, "Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the Lord." 6 The priest answered them, "Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD's approval."
7 The five men went on, and when they came to Laish, they observed the people who were there living securely, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, lacking nothing on earth, and possessing wealth. Furthermore, they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with Aram. 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 they came to their kinsfolk at Zorah and Eshtaol, they said to them, "What do you report?" 8 When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers asked them, "How did you find things?"
9 They said, "Come, let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and it is very good. Will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, but enter in and possess the 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 come to an unsuspecting people. The land is broad—God has indeed given it into your hands—a place where there is no lack of anything on earth." 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 Six hundred men of the Danite clan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol, 11 Then six hundred men from the clan of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.
12 and went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. On this account that place is called Mahaneh-dan to this day; it is west of Kiriath-jearim. 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 passed on to the hill country of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah. 13 From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah's house.
14 Then the five men who had gone to spy out the land (that is, Laish) said to their comrades, "Do you know that in these buildings there are an ephod, teraphim, and an idol of cast metal? Now therefore consider what you will 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 turned in that direction and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and greeted him. 15 So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him.
16 While the six hundred men of the Danites, armed with their weapons of war, stood by the entrance of the gate, 16 The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance to the gate.
17 the five men who had gone to spy out the land proceeded to enter and take the idol of cast metal, the ephod, and the teraphim. The priest was standing by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war. 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 men went into Micah's house and took the idol of cast metal, the ephod, and the teraphim, the priest said to 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 said to him, "Keep quiet! Put your hand over your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one person, or to be priest to a tribe and clan 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 Then the priest accepted the offer. He took the ephod, the teraphim, and the idol, and went along with the people. 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 So they resumed their journey, putting the little ones, the livestock, and the goods 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 were some distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah's house were called out, and they overtook the Danites. 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 They shouted to the Danites, who turned around and said to Micah, "What is the matter that you come with such a company?" 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 He replied, "You take my gods that I made, and the priest, and go away, and what have I left? How then can you ask me, "What is 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 And the Danites said to him, "You had better not let your voice be heard among us or else hot-tempered fellows will attack you, and you will lose your life and the lives of your household." 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 their way. When Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his 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 The Danites, having taken what Micah had made, and the priest who belonged to him, came to Laish, to a people quiet and unsuspecting, put them to the sword, and burned down 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 deliverer, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with Aram. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth-rehob. They rebuilt the city, and lived in it. 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 named the city Dan, after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel; but the name of the city was formerly Laish. 29 They named it Dan after their forefather Dan, who was born to Israel--though the city used to be called Laish.
30 Then the Danites set up the idol for themselves. Jonathan son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the time the land went into captivity. 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 So they maintained as their own Micah's idol that he had made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh. 31 They continued to use the idols Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.