Judges 18:2
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
So the people of Dan sent five able men from the whole number of their tribe, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it. And they said to them, “Go and explore the land.” And they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.

King James Bible
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.

American Standard Version
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their whole number, men of valor, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land. And they came to the hill-country of Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, and lodged there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So the children of Dan sent five most valiant men of their stock and family from Saraa and Esthaol, to spy out the land, and to view it diligently: and they said to them: Go, and view the land. They went on their way, and when they came to mount Ephraim, they went into the house of Michas, and rested there:

English Revised Version
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their whole number, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: and they came to the hill country of Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, and lodged there.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their borders, men of valor, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to explore the land, and to search it; and they said to them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.

Judges 18:2 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Appointment of a Levite as Priest. - Judges 17:7. In the absence of a Levitical priest, Micah had first of all appointed one of his sons as priest at his sanctuary. He afterwards found a Levite for this service. A young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who, being a Levite, stayed (גּר) there (in Bethlehem) as a stranger, left this town to sojourn "at the place which he should find," sc., as a place that would afford him shelter and support, and came up to the mountains of Ephraim to Micah's house, "making his journey," i.e., upon his journey. (On the use of the inf. constr. with ל in the sense of the Latin gerund in do, see Ewald, 280, d.) Bethlehem was not a Levitical town. The young Levite from Bethlehem was neither born there nor made a citizen of the place, but simply "sojourned there," i.e., dwelt there temporarily as a stranger. The further statement as to his descent (mishpachath Judah) is not to be understood as signifying that he was a descendant of some family in the tribe of Judah, but simply that he belonged to the Levites who dwelt in the tribe of Judah, and were reckoned in all civil matters as belonging to that tribe. On the division of the land, it is true that it was only to the priests that dwelling-places were allotted in the inheritance of this tribe (Joshua 21:9-19), whilst the rest of the Levites, even the non-priestly members of the family of Kohath, received their dwelling-places among the other tribes (Joshua 21:20.). At the same time, as many of the towns which were allotted to the different tribes remained for a long time in the possession of the Canaanites, and the Israelites did not enter at once into the full and undisputed possession of their inheritance, it might easily so happen that different towns which were allotted to the Levites remained in possession of the Canaanites, and consequently that the Levites were compelled to seek a settlement in other places. It might also happen that individuals among the Levites themselves, who were disinclined to perform the service assigned them by the law, would remove from the Levitical towns and seek some other occupation elsewhere (see also at Judges 18:30).

(Note: There is no reason, therefore, for pronouncing the words יהוּדה ממּשׁפּחת (of the family of Judah) a gloss, and erasing them from the text, as Houbigant proposes. The omission of them from the Cod. Vat. of the lxx, and from the Syriac, is not enough to warrant this, as they occur in the Cod. Al. of the lxx, and their absence from the authorities mentioned may easily be accounted for from the difficulty which was felt in explaining their meaning. On the other hand, it is impossible to imagine any reason for the interpolation of such a gloss into the text.)

Judges 18:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

men. Heb. sons. Zorah

Judges 18:8,11 And they came to their brothers to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brothers said to them, What say you...

Judges 13:2,25 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bore not...

Judges 16:31 Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up...

Genesis 42:9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said to them, You are spies...

Joshua 19:41 And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh,

to spy

Numbers 13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went...

Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Luke 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first...

mount

Judges 17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

Judges 19:1,18 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel...

Joshua 17:15-18 And Joshua answered them, If you be a great people, then get you up to the wood country...

Cross References
Joshua 15:33
And in the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

Judges 13:25
And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 17:1
There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

Judges 18:3
When they were by the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young Levite. And they turned aside and said to him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?"

Jump to Previous
Borders Children Coasts Country Dan Ephraim Eshtaol Explore Hill Hill-Country House Lodged Micah Mount Search Spy Valor Valour Whole Zorah
Jump to Next
Borders Children Coasts Country Dan Ephraim Eshtaol Explore Hill Hill-Country House Lodged Micah Mount Search Spy Valor Valour Whole Zorah
Links
Judges 18:2 NIV
Judges 18:2 NLT
Judges 18:2 ESV
Judges 18:2 NASB
Judges 18:2 KJV

Judges 18:2 Bible Apps
Judges 18:2 Biblia Paralela
Judges 18:2 Chinese Bible
Judges 18:2 French Bible
Judges 18:2 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Judges 18:1
Top of Page
Top of Page