1 aIn those days there was no king of Israel; and bin those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for themselves to live in, for until that day 1an inheritance had not 2been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.
2 So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, 1valiant men from aZorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, “Go, search the land.” And they came to bthe hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
3 When they were near the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young man, the Levite; and they turned aside there and said to him, “Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here?”
4 He said to them, “Thus and so has Micah done to me, and he has hired me and aI have become his priest.”
6 The priest said to them, “Go in peace; your way in which you are going 1has the Lord’s approval.”
7 Then the five men departed and came to aLaish and saw the people who were in it living in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for there was no 1ruler humiliating them for anything in the land, and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.
9 They said, “Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. And will you 1sit still? Do not delay to go, to enter, to possess the land.
10 “When you enter, you will come to a secure people with a spacious land; for God has given it into your hand, aa place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.”
14 Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish said to their kinsmen, “Do you know that there are in these houses aan ephod and 1household idols and a graven image and a molten image? Now therefore, consider what you should do.”
17 Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took athe graven image and the ephod and 1household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war.
18 When these went into Micah’s house and took the graven image, the ephod and 1household idols and the molten image, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?”
19 They said to him, “Be silent, aput your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us ba father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?”
20 The priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod and 1household idols and the graven image and went among the people.
23 They cried to the sons of Dan, who turned 1around and said to Micah, “What is the matter with you, that you have assembled together?”
27 Then they took what Micah had made and the priest who had belonged to him, and came to aLaish, to a people quiet and secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword; and they burned the city with fire.
28 And there was no one to deliver them, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone, and it was in the valley which is near aBeth-rehob. And they rebuilt the city and lived in it.
29 aThey called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father who was born in Israel; however, the name of the city formerly was Laish.
30 The sons of Dan set up for themselves athe graven image; and Jonathan, the son of bGershom, the son of 1Manasseh, ahe and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.
31 So they set up for themselves Micah’s graven image which he had made, all the time that the ahouse of God was at Shiloh.
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