Judges 18 ©
The Danites send five men to seek out for them an inheritance, who come to the house of Micah, and are encouraged by the Levite to proceed on their way. They search Laish, and bring back news of good hope. Six hundred men are sent to surprise the place. On the way they rob Micah of his consecrated things, and carry off his priest. Micah pursueth them, but is obliged to return for fear of violence. Laish is surprised, taken possession of, and called Dan. Idolatry is set up in Dan, where Jonathan the Levite and his sons have the priesthood.
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their *coasts, 1men of valour, from cZorah, and from Eshtaol, dto spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to emount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
¶Then the five men departed, and came to 2Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt *careless, after the *manner of the Zidonians, lquiet and *secure; and there was no 3magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.
¶And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men 4appointed with weapons of war.
¶Then vanswered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that wthere is in these houses an *ephod, and *teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore xconsider what ye have to do.
And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and 6saluted him.
And the ysix hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.
And zthe five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and atook the graven image, and the *ephod, and the *teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.
And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the *ephod, and the *teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, blay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us ca father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?
¶And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.
And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, 7that thou comest with such a company?
And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest 8angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.