J U D G E S
How idolatry crept into the family of Micah we
read in the preceding chapter, how it was translated thence into
the tribe of Dan we have an account in this chapter, and how it
gained a settlement in a city of note; for how great a matter does
a little fire kindle! The tribe of Dan had their lot assigned them
last of all the tribes, and, it happening to be too strait for
them, a considerable city in the utmost corner of Canaan northward
was added to it. "Let them get it, and take it;" it was called
Laish or Leshem, Josh. xix.
47. Now here we are told, I. How they sent spies to
bring them an account of the place, who, by the way, got acquainted
with Micah's priest, ver.
1-6. II. What an encouraging report these spies brought
back, ver. 7-10. III.
What forces were sent to conquer Laish, ver. 11-13. IV. How they, by the way,
plundered Micah of his gods, ver.
14-26. V. How easily they conquered Laish (ver. 27-29), and, when they had
it, set up the graven image in it, ver. 30, 31.