Judges 18:1
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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.

King James 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.

Darby Bible Translation
In those days there was no king in Israel, and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought for themselves an inheritance to dwell in; for to that day [their lot] had not fallen to them for inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

World English 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 to that day [their] inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
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.

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Clarke'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).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

no king. The word mailech, which generally means a king, is sometimes taken for a supreme ruler, governor, or judge (see Ge.

36:31,

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.

the tribe

Joshua 19:40-48 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families...

for unto

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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Cross References
Joshua 19:40
The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans.

Joshua 19:47
(When the territory of the Danites was lost to them, they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their ancestor.)

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

Judges 17:13
And Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest."

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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