The Danites send five men to seek out an inheritance.
Judges 18:1 In those dayes there was no king in Israell. And in those dayes the tribe of Dan sought then an enheritaunce to dwell in for vnto þt tyme there fel none enheritaunce vnto them amonge the trybe of Israell. Judges 18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their kinred fyue actyue men in feates of warre oute of theyr coastes, euen out of Zaraah and Estahol, to vewe the lande and searche it out, and sayde vnto them: go, and searche out the lande. Which whan they came to mount Ephraim, euen to the house of Micah, they lodged ther
At the house of Micah they consult with Jonathan, and are encouraged in their way.
Judges 18:3 And when they were in the house of Micah, they knewe the voyce of þe yonge man the leuite: and when they turned in thyther, they sayde vnto hym: who brought the hyther? what makest thou in thys place? and what hast thou here? Judges 18:4 And he answered them: thus and thus dealed Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am become hys preste. Judges 18:5 And they sayde vnto hym agayne: Aske councell now of God, þt we maye knowe, whether the waye whych we go, shalbe prosperous, or no. Judges 18:6 And the preste sayde vnto them: go in peace, for the Lorde gydeth your waye which ye go.
They search Laish, and bring back news of good hope.
Judges 18:7 Then the fyue men departed, and came to Lais, and sawe the people that were therin, how they dwelt careles, after the maner of þe Sydons, styll, and without castynge of parelles: and that no man made any trouble in the land, or vsurped any domynion, but were farre from the Sidons, and had no busines with other men. Judges 18:8 And they came vnto theyr brethren, to Zaraah & Estahol. And their brethren sayd vnto them: what haue ye done? Judges 18:9 And they answered: Aryse, that we maye go vp agaynst them, for we haue sene the lande: surely a very good one. And do ye sytt stil? be not slouthful to departe: But come to conquere the lande. Judges 18:10 Yf ye wyll go, ye shall come vnto a people that casteth no parelles, & it is a very large countre: which God hath geuen into your handes. It is also a place, which doth lacke nothynge þt is in the worlde.
Six hundred men are sent to surprise it.
Judges 18:11 And there departed thence of the kynred of the Dannites, euen out of Zaraah and Esthaol, syxe hundred men appoynted with instrumentes of warre. Judges 18:12 And they went vp, and pitched in kariath Iarim which is in Iuda. Wherfore they called the place, the hoost of Dan, vnto thys daye: and it is on the backsyde of kariath Iarim. Judges 18:13 And they went thence vnto mount Ephraim, & came to the house of Micah.
In the way they rob Micah of his priest and his consecrate things.
Judges 18:14 Then answered the fyue men that went to spye out the countre of Lais, & sayde vnto their brethren: wot ye not þt there is in these houses an Ephod, Theraphim, a grauen ymage, & an ymage of metall? Now therfore consydre what ye haue to do. Judges 18:15 And they turned thitherwarde and came to the house of þe yong man the Leuite, euen vnto the house of Micah, and saluted hym peasably. Judges 18:16 And the syxe hundred men gyrded with weapons of warre, which were of the chyldren of Dan, stode by þe enteryng of the gate. Judges 18:17 And the fyue men that went to spye out the lande, went in thyther and toke the kerued Image, and the Ephod, Theraphim, and the ymage of metall. And the preste stode in the enterynge of the gate with the syxe hundred men þt were armed vnto batayl, Judges 18:18 whyle the other wente into Michas house, and fet the kerued ymage, the Ephod, Theraphim, and the ymage of metall. Then sayd þe preste vnto them: what do ye? Judges 18:19 They answered hym: holde thy peace, laye thyne hande vpon thy mouth, and come with vs, to be oure father & preste. Is it better for the to be a preste vnto the house of one man, then to be a prest vnto a trybe or a kynred in Israell? Judges 18:20 And the preste was glad and toke the Ephod, and Theraphim, and the grauen ymage, & went with the people. Judges 18:21 And they turned and departed, and put the chyldren, the catell and their other substaunce before them.
Judges 18:22 And when they were a good waye from the house of Micah, the men that were in þe houses, and in Micahs house, made an oute crye, and folowed after the chyldren of Dan, and called vnto them. Judges 18:23 And they turned their faces, and sayde vnto Micah: what ayleth the, þt thou makest an out crye? Judges 18:24 And he sayd: ye haue taken awaye my goddes whych I made, and also the preste, and go your wayes with them. And what haue I more? how then saye ye vnto me, what ayleth the? Judges 18:25 And the chyldren of Dan sayde vnto hym: let not thy voyce be hearde amonge vs, lest angrye felowes runne vpon the, and thou loose thy lyfe with the lyues of all thyne housholde. Judges 18:26 And so the chyldren of Dan wente theyr wayes. And when Micah sawe that they were to stronge for hym, he turned and went backe vnto hys house agayne.
They win Laish, and call it Dan.
Judges 18:27 And they toke the thynges which Micah had made, & the preste which he had, & came vnto Lais, euen vnto a people that were at reast & without mistrust, & smote them with the edge of the swerd, & burnt the cytie with fyre. Judges 18:28 And there was no man to helpe, because Lais was farre from Sidon, & they had no medelyng with any other man. And the cyte stode in the valey that lyeth by Bethrehob. And they bylt them there a cytie, & dwelt therin. Judges 18:29 And called it Dan, after þe name of Dan their father which was borne vnto Israell. Howbeit, in very dede the name of the cytie was Lais at the begynninge.
They set up idolatry, wherein Jonathan inheriteth the priesthood.
Judges 18:30 And the chyldren of Dan set them vp the grauen ymage. And Ionathan the sonne of Gerson, the sonne of Manasses and hys sonnes were the prestes in þe trybe of Dan vntyll they were caryed awaye out of the land captyue. Judges 18:31 And they sett them vp the kerued ymage which Micah made, all the whyle þt the house of God was in Silo.