Judges 17:6
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New International Version
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

New Living Translation
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

English Standard Version
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

New American Standard Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

King James Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.

International Standard Version
Back in those days, Israel didn't yet have a king, so each person did whatever seemed right in his own opinion.

NET Bible
In those days Israel had no king. Each man did what he considered to be right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In those days Israel didn't have a king. Everyone did whatever he considered right.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In those days there was no king in Israel; each one did that which was right in his own eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

American King James Version
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

American Standard Version
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every one did that which seemed right to himself.

Darby Bible Translation
In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

English Revised Version
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

World English Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
in those days there is no king in Israel, each that which is right in his own eyes doth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-6 What is related in this, and the rest of the chapters to the end of this book, was done soon after the death of Joshua: see chap. Jud 20:28. That it might appear how happy the nation was under the Judges, here is showed how unhappy they were when there was no Judge. The love of money made Micah so undutiful to his mother as to rob her, and made her so unkind to her son, as to curse him. Outward losses drive good people to their prayers, but bad people to their curses. This woman's silver was her god, before it was made into a graven or a molten image. Micah and his mother agreed to turn their money into a god, and set up idol worship in their family. See the cause of this corruption. Every man did that which was right in his own eyes, and then they soon did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - There was no king. This must have been written in the days of the kings of Israel and Judah, and perhaps with reference to the efforts of such kings as Ass (1 Kings 15:13) and Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:43) to put down idolatry.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In those days there was no king in Israel,.... That is, no supreme magistrate, judge, or ruler, Joshua being dead and Caleb also, and the elders contemporary with them; for what the Samaritan Chronicle says (l) is without foundation, that Joshua a little before his death cast a lot in the presence of the congregation, to know who should govern after him, and the lot came to one Abel, of the tribe of Judah:

but every man did that which was right in his own eyes; which accounts for the idolatry of Micah, there being no supreme magistrate to take cognizance of his sin, and restrain him from it, or punish him for it according to the law of God.

(l) Apud Hottinger. Smegma Orient. p. 522.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. every man did that which was right in his own eyes—From want of a settled government, there was no one to call him to account. No punishment followed any crime.

Judges 17:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Micah's Idolatry
5And the man Micah had a shrine and he made an ephod and household idols and consecrated one of his sons, that he might become his priest. 6In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. 7Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:8
You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,

Judges 18:1
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.

Judges 19:1
In those days Israel had no king. Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.

Judges 21:25
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
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In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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Judges 19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel…

Judges 21:3,25 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, …

Genesis 36:31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before …

Deuteronomy 33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the …

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Deuteronomy 12:8 You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every …

Psalm 12:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our …

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to …

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are …

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

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