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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 18:7-13

Here is, I. The observation which the spies made upon the city of Laish, and the posture of its inhabitants, Jdg. 18:7. Never was place so ill governed and so ill guarded, which would make it a very easy prey to the invader. 1. It was ill governed, for every man might be as bad as he would, and there was no magistrate, no heir of restraint (as the word is), that might so much as put them to shame in any thing, much less put them to death, so that by the most impudent immoralities they provoked... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 18:12

And they went up and pitched in Kirjathjearim in Judah ,.... Of which place see Joshua 15:9 . According to Bunting F1 Ut supra. (Travels of the Patriarchs, &c.; p. 112.) it was sixteen miles from Zorah and Eshtaol, and this was their first day's march: wherefore they called the name of that place Mahanehdan unto this day ; which signifies the camp of Dan, or of the Danites; so it was called in the times of Samson, Judges 13:25 and is a proof that this expedition was before... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 18:12

Mahaneh-dan - "The camp of Dan;" so called from the circumstance of this armament encamping there. See Judges 13:25 ; (note), which affords some proof that this transaction was previous to the days of Samson. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 18:12

Kurjath-jearim - “City of forests,” otherwise called “Kirjath-Baal” (marginal reference.), identified by Robinson with the modern “Kurit-el-Enab,” on the road from Jaffa to Jerusalem and by Conder with Soba. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 18:12-14

Judges 18:12-14. Mahaneh-dan That is, the camp of Dan. They came unto the house of Micah That is, to the town in which his house was, for they had not yet entered into it. Then answered the five men That is, they spake; the word answering being often used in Scripture of the first speaker. There is in these houses That is, in one of these houses. Consider what ye have to do Whether it be not expedient to take them for your further use. Perhaps the remembrance of the ark being... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 18:1-31

17:1-21:25 TRIBAL DISORDER WITHIN ISRAELThe writer of the book has now finished his account of the activity of the judges. To this he adds an appendix consisting of two stories (not necessarily placed in their correct chronological position in the book) that illustrate the disorder that existed in Israel during that period. The nation had no central government and people in the various tribes did as they pleased (see 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25). The stories record important changes that occurred... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 18:11-20

The theft of Micah’s images and Levite 18:11-20An army of 600 Danites proceeded from Zorah and Eshtaol eastward up the Kesalon Valley to Kiriath-jearim and then northward into the Hill Country of Ephraim. They stopped at Micah’s house, noted his images and ephod, and pondered what they should do (Judges 18:14). What they should have done was execute Micah and the Levite since they were idolaters (Deuteronomy 13:6-11), but they too had departed from God. Instead they stole Micah’s images and his... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 18:1-31

The Danites go in Quest of an Inheritance. They rob Micah of his Images, capture and settle in Laish, and set up Idol-Worship there1-10. The Danite Spies.2. From their coasts] RV ’from their whole number.’ For Zorah and Eshtaol see on Judges 13:25. 3. They knew] They recognised him as a Levite from the prayers he was saying.Makest] RV ’doest.’6. Before the lord] i.e. under Jehovah’s care. 7. Laish] In Joshua 19:47 the name appears as Leshem. Later on it was called Dan, from its new inhabitants... read more

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