Judges 18:5

5 Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God so we will know if we will have a successful journey."

Judges 18:5 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 18:5

And they said unto him, ask counsel, we pray thee, of God
They did not reprove him for assuming the priestly office, when they knew he was a Levite, such was the corruption of those times, and the great depravity and declensions they were fallen into; nor even for the idolatry he was guilty of, but encourage him in it, and thought they had got a fine opportunity, which they readily laid hold on, to have counsel asked for them of God, about the success of the errand they were sent about; to this they were led at sight of the ephod, which was like that in the tabernacle, and of the teraphim, images which, according to a notion that prevailed, when consulted, foretold future things; whether by God they meant the true God, who they thought would give an answer by these, or Micah's gods, is not certain; according to the Targum of Jonathan, they meant the true God, which paraphrases it,

``ask of the Word of the Lord:''

that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous or no;
whether they should find out a proper place to dwell in, and be able to get possession of it.

Judges 18:5 In-Context

3 While they were near Micah's home, they recognized the speech of the young Levite. So they went over to him and asked, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is keeping you here?"
4 He told them what Micah had done for him and that he had hired him as his priest.
5 Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God so we will know if we will have a successful journey."
6 The priest told them, "Go in peace. The Lord is watching over the journey you are going on."
7 The five men left and came to Laish. They saw that the people who were there were living securely, in the same way as the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting. There was nothing lacking in the land and no oppressive ruler. They were far from the Sidonians, having no alliance with anyone.