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17:1-4 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that
were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst and spakest of also in
mine ears, behold, the silver is with me. I took it. And his mother said,
Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son. And when he had restored the eleven
hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly
dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven
image and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it unto thee. Yet
he restored the money unto his mother and his mother took two hundred shekels
of silver and gave them to the founder,
who made thereof a graven image and a molten image and they were in the
house of Micah.
17:5 And the man Micah.(not
the same Micah of whose name there is a
book of the.Bible).had
house of Gods and made an ephod
and teraphim and consecrated
one of his sons, who became his priest.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel.(no
set down rules which humanity could follow in relationships with each other),
but every man did that which was right.(Proverbs
14:12; Jeremiah 44:16,17).in
his own eyes.
the people wanted a king instead of their Creator (1Samuel
8:6,7) so that they could be like the nations around them:.1Samuel
8:19,20. What an odious
part of human nature where some people just must have the latest gadget
all their friends and/or follow the latest fads
and entertainment interests going around. Can you get much further away
from spiritual disciplines
than that? Probably, Ha ha!
18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel and in those days the
tribe of the Danites.(the
Danites came from Dan,
one of the twelve sons of Jacob).sought
them an inheritance to dwell in, for unto that day all their inheritance
had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
18:2-4 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. When
they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of a young man, the
Levite and they turned in thither and said unto him, Who brought thee hither.(who
brought you here)? and what do you
make in this place.(what
are you doing here)? and what have
so special about this place that you are staying here)?
18:4-6 And he said unto them, Thus and thus deals Micah with me and
has hired me and I am his priest. And they said unto him, Ask counsel,
we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall
be prosperous. And the priest said unto them, Go in peace. Before the Lord
is your way wherein you go.(God
is with you in your purpose).
18:7 Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people
that were therein, how they dwelt careless.(original
word is not 'careless' but rather, 'safely'),
after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure and there was no magistrate
in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing.(they
pretty well did as they pleased, had good conduct with each other, left
others alone and avoided contact with most others).and
they were far from the Zidonians and had no business with any man.
18:8,9 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol and their
brethren said unto them, What say you.(what
did you find out?)? And they said,
Arise, that we may go up against.(word
'against' not in original, simply means 'to go and see').them
for we have seen the land and behold, it is very good and are you still.(are
you going to come with us or stay here?)?
be not slothful to go and to enter to possess the land.
18:10 When you go, you shall come unto a people secure and to a large
land, for God has given it into your hands. It's a place where there is
no want of any thing that is in the Earth.
18:11 And there went from thence of the family of the Danites.(they
decided to join the five men), out
of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of
18:14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of
Laish and said unto their brethren, Do you know that there is in these
houses an ephod and teraphim
and a graven image and a molten image? now therefore consider what you
have to do.
18:16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war,
which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.
18:17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up and came
in thither and took the graven image and the ephod and the teraphim and
the molten image. And the priest
stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed
with weapons of war.
18:20 And the priest's heart was glad and he took the ephod and the
teraphim and the graven image and went in the midst of the people.
18:30,31 And the children of Dan
set up the graven image. And Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh,
he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity
of the land. And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made,
all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.