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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 18:14-26

The Danites had sent out their spies to find out a country for them, and they sped well in their search; but here, now that they came to the place (for till this brought it to their mind it does not appear that they had mentioned it to their brethren), they oblige them with a further discovery?they can tell them where there are gods: ?Here, in these houses, there are an ephod, and teraphim, and a great many fine things for devotion, such as we have not the like in our country; now therefore... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 18:21

So they turned and departed ,.... Turned from the gate of the city where Micah dwelt, and marched forward to Laish: and put the little ones, and the cattle, and the carriage, before them ; partly for safety from Micah, and his friends and neighbours, and partly that they might not be overdriven: their wives, who doubtless were with them, though not mentioned, and their children, and also their flocks and herds, they brought with them from Zorah and Eshtaol, as never intending to return... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 18:21

The little ones and the cattle , etc. - These men were so confident of success that they removed their whole families, household goods, cattle, and all. And the carriage - כבודה kebudah , their substance, precious things, or valuables; omne quod erat pretiosum , Vulgate: or rather the luggage or baggage; what Caesar calls in his commentaries impedimenta; and what the Septuagint here translate βαρος , weight or baggage. We are not to suppose that any wheel carriage... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 18:21

And put the little ones, etc., before them - They expected a pursuit from Micah’s people, and arranged their order of march accordingly.The carriage - Rather, “the valuables.” Some interpret it “the heavy baggage.” read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 18:20-21

Judges 18:20-21. The priest’s heart was glad As he was promised promotion, he not only consented to the fact, but assisted them in it, being wholly governed by a regard to his own secular interest. He went in the midst of the people Both for the greater security of such precious things, and that Micah might not be able to come near him to injure or upbraid him; and, perhaps, also, because that was the place where the ark used to be carried. They put the little ones, and the cattle,... 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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Judges 18:21

carriage = goods. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct) for things carried. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Judges 18:21

MICAH'S FUTILE ATTEMPT TO RECOVER HIS TREASURE"So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the goods before them. When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan. And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company? And he said, Ye have taken away my gods, which... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 18:21-26

Micah’s attempt to recover his losses 18:21-26Micah gathered some of his neighbors and pursued the Danites, hoping to force them to return what they had taken from him. However the Danites proved stronger than he anticipated, and he had to withdraw without a fight (cf. Genesis 14). Here is another example of the Israelites fighting among themselves rather than uniting to combat their common foe.It is comical to read Micah’s sniveling complaint that the Danite soldiers had taken his gods "which... read more

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