Amplified Bible

Judges 18

Danites Seek Territory

1In those days there was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance [of land] for themselves to live in, for until then an [a]inheritance had not been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel. So the sons of Dan sent from the total number of their [extended] family five brave men from Zorah and Eshtaol, to scout the land and to explore it; and they said to them, “Go, explore the land.” They came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there. When they passed near Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young man, the Levite, and they turned aside there and said to him, “Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here?” And he said to them, “Micah has done this and that for me, and he has hired me and I have become his priest.” And they said to him, “Please ask of God, so that we may know whether our journey on which we are going will be successful.” The priest said to them, “Go in peace; the journey on which you are going is acceptable to the Lord.”

Then the five men went on and came to Laish and saw the people who were there, [how they were] living securely in the style of the Sidonians, quiet and peaceful; and there was no oppressive magistrate in the land humiliating them in anything, and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. The five men came back [home] to their brothers at Zorah and Eshtaol, and their brothers said to them, “What do you have to report?” They said, “Arise, let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good (fertile). Will you sit still and do nothing? Do not hesitate to go, to enter, to take possession of the land. 10 When you enter, you will come to people [feeling] safe and secure with a spacious land [widely extended on all sides]; for God has given it into your hands—a place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.”

11 Then from the [tribal] family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out. 12 They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they have called that place [b]Mahaneh-dan to this day; it is west of Kiriath-jearim. 13 They went on from there to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah’s house.

Danites Take Micah’s Idols

14 Then the five men who had gone to scout the country of Laish said to their relatives, “Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod, teraphim, an image [of silver-plated wood], and a cast image [of solid silver]? Now therefore, consider what you should do.” 15 So they turned in that direction and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and asked him how he was doing. 16 Now the six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, stood at the entrance of the gate. 17 Now the five men who had gone to scout the land went up and entered the house and took the image [of silver-plated wood], the ephod, the teraphim, and the cast image [of solid silver], while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war. 18 When these [five men] went into Micah’s house and took the [plated] image, the ephod, the teraphim, and the cast image, the priest asked them, “What are you doing?” 19 They said to him, “Keep quiet, put your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be a father and a priest to us. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be a priest to a tribe and family in Israel?” 20 The priest’s heart was glad [to hear that], and he took the ephod, the teraphim, and the image, and went among the people.

21 So they turned and left, and they put the children, the livestock, and the valuables and supplies in front of them. 22 When they had gone some distance from the house of Micah, the men who were [living] in the houses near Micah’s house assembled [as a militia] and overtook the sons of Dan. 23 They shouted to the Danites, who turned and said to Micah, “What is your reason for assembling [against us]?” 24 He said, “You have taken away my gods which I have made, and the priest, and have gone away; what else do I have left? How can you say to me, ‘What is your reason?’” 25 The sons of Dan said to him, “Do not let your voice [of complaint] be heard among us, or else angry men will assault you and you will lose your life, along with the lives of [everyone in] your household.” 26 Then the Danites went on their way; and Micah saw that they were too strong for him, so he turned and went back to his house.

27 They took the [idolatrous] things that Micah had made, and his priest, and they came to Laish, to a people who were quiet and secure; and they struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire. 28 And there was no one to rescue them because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone. It was in the valley which belongs to Beth-rehob. And they rebuilt the city and lived in it. 29 They named the city Dan, after Dan their forefather who was born to Israel (Jacob); however, the original name of the city was Laish. 30 The [tribe of] the sons of Dan set up the image [of silver-plated wood] for themselves; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of [c]Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity and exile from the land. 31 So they set up for themselves Micah’s [silver-plated wooden] image which he had made, and kept it throughout the time that the house (tabernacle) of God was at Shiloh.

Notas al pie

  1. Judges 18:1 Their original tribal allotment (Josh 19:40-48) was sufficient; the problem was that they did not subdue the Amorites (Judg 1:34) and the Philistines, who controlled the territory.
  2. Judges 18:12 I.e. the camp of Dan.
  3. Judges 18:30 Changed to Manasseh in the Hebrew text.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

士師記 18


1那時以色列沒有王。但支派的人正在尋找可以居住的地方,因為他們在以色列各支派中還沒有得到屬於自己的土地。 但支派的人從瑣拉和以實陶派本族的五名勇士去打探、察看那個地方。他們吩咐說:「你們去察看那個地方。」他們到了以法蓮山區,在米迦家裡借宿。 他們聽出那利未青年的口音,就問他:「誰帶你來這裡的?你在這裡做什麽?你為什麼在這裡?」 那青年便把米迦聘他做祭司的事告訴了他們。 他們說:「請你求問上帝,看看我們是否一路順利。」 祭司說:「你們安心去吧,耶和華會一路眷顧你們。」


五人回到瑣拉和以實陶後,族人問他們:「你們有什麼發現嗎?」 他們回答說:「我們前去攻取那地方吧!我們已經打探清楚了,那地方非常好。你們還等什麼?要趕快去佔領那地方。 10 你們到了那裡,會看見當地的居民毫無防範,那裡地大物博,一無所缺。上帝已經把那地方賜給我們了。」

11 但支派便從瑣拉和以實陶派出六百個全副武裝的人。 12 他們來到猶大 基列·耶琳的西邊安營。因此,那地方至今仍叫瑪哈尼·但[a] 13 然後,他們去以法蓮山區,來到米迦的家。

14 偵察過拉億的五個人對其餘的人說:「你們知道嗎?這家有以弗得、一些家庭神像、一個雕刻的偶像和一個金屬鑄像。想一想我們該怎麼辦。」 15 那五個人就進入米迦的家裡,到年輕的利未人房間向他問安, 16 隨行的六百人帶著兵器留在門口。 17 當時祭司也和那六百個全副武裝的人站在門口。那五個人進去拿走了雕刻的偶像、以弗得、家庭神像及金屬鑄像。 18 祭司見那五人進入米迦家拿走雕刻的偶像、以弗得、家庭神像及金屬鑄像,就問他們:「你們在做什麽?」

19 他們說:「安靜,別作聲,跟我們來做我們的師父和祭司吧。做以色列一個支派、一個宗族的祭司難道不比做一家人的祭司更好嗎?」 20 祭司聽了非常高興,就帶著以弗得、家庭神像及雕刻的偶像跟隨了他們。 21 他們轉身離去,兒女、牲畜和財物在隊伍的前面。

22 他們離開米迦的家一段路後,米迦召集鄰居趕了上來, 23 向他們大喊。但支派的人轉身問米迦:「你們召集這麼多人來做什麽?」 24 米迦說:「你們帶走了我的神像和祭司,把我洗劫一空,還問我想做什麽!」 25 但支派的人說:「別再多說了,不然我們當中性情暴躁的人會攻擊你們,使你全家喪命。」 26 但支派的人繼續趕路。米迦見對方人多勢眾,就回家去了。

27 但支派的人帶著米迦的神像和他的祭司來到拉億,那裡的人生活安寧,毫無防範。他們殺掉當地的居民,放火燒了城。 28 拉億離西頓很遠,當地的居民與外界沒有來往,以致孤立無援。這城位於伯·利合附近的山谷中,但支派的人重建該城,住在那裡。 29 這座城原來叫拉億,他們用祖先以色列的兒子但的名字為該城重新命名。 30 但支派的人把神像豎立起來,又指派摩西的孫子、革舜的兒子約拿單及其子孫做但支派的祭司,直到該城的人被敵人擄走為止。 31 上帝的會幕設立在示羅期間,米迦的神像一直豎立在但。

Notas al pie

  1. 18·12 瑪哈尼·但」意思是「但的軍營」。