Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.CHAPTER 18 The Danite Idolatry
1. The Danites seek an inheritance (Judges 18:1-12)
2. Their robbery (Judges 18:13-26)
3. Laish taken and idolatry consummated (Judges 18:27-31)
The history of this chapter is closely linked with the preceding. The tribe of Dan had failed to take the God-given inheritance (Joshua 19:40-46). “The Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley” (Judges 1:34). Then in self-will, entirely disregarding the will of God, they sent out spies to seek another inheritance. They meet Micah’s priest, the hireling. Micah’s idolatrous outfit including the hired priest are taken by the invaders. The hireling sees an advantage for himself, his “usefulness” is enlarged for filthy lucre’s sake. Then they killed the people of Laish and set their city on fire. The whole tribe of Dan becomes idolatrous. We have in all a picture of complete apostasy.