Judges 18:21

21 Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.

Judges 18:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.
ESV
21 So they turned and departed, putting the little ones and the livestock and the goods in front of them.
NLT
21 They turned and started on their way again, placing their children, livestock, and possessions in front of them.
MSG
21 They turned away and set out, putting the children, the cattle, and the gear in the lead.
CSB
21 They prepared to leave, putting their small children, livestock, and possessions in front of them.

Judges 18:21 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 18:21

So they turned and departed
Turned from the gate of the city where Micah dwelt, and marched forward to Laish:

and put the little ones, and the cattle, and the carriage, before them;
partly for safety from Micah, and his friends and neighbours, and partly that they might not be overdriven: their wives, who doubtless were with them, though not mentioned, and their children, and also their flocks and herds, they brought with them from Zorah and Eshtaol, as never intending to return again thither, and being fully assured they should take Laish, and the country about, and settle there; and also all their wealth and substance, as the Targum renders the word for "carriage", whatever they were possessed of that was movable; their vessels, silver and gold, and other movables, as Kimchi interprets it, whatever was weighty, valuable and glorious, as the word signifies, or that was of any importance and worth.

Judges 18:21 In-Context

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 The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people.
21 Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.
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 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?”