In those days there is no king in Israel, and in those days the tribe of the Danite is seeking for itself an inheritance to inhabit, for that hath not fallen to it unto that day in the midst of the tribes of Israel by inheritance.
Judges 18:1 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There was no king in Israel - See Judges 17:6 (note). The circumstances related here show that this must have happened about the time of the preceding transactions.
The tribe of the Danites - That is, a part of this tribe; some families of it.
All their inheritance - That is, they had not got an extent of country sufficient for them. Some families were still unprovided for, or had not sufficient territory; for we find from Joshua 19:40, etc., that, although the tribe of Dan did receive their inheritance with the rest of the tribes of Israel, yet their coasts went out too little for them, and they went and fought against Leshem, (called here Laish), and took it, etc. This circumstance is marked here more particularly than in the book of Joshua. See on Joshua 19:47 (note).
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no king. The word mailech, which generally means a king, is sometimes taken for a supreme ruler, governor, or judge (see Ge.
Deuteronomy 33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
;) and it is probable it should be so understood here, and in the parallel passages.
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel...
Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Joshua 19:40-48 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families...
Judges 1:34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
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