Judges 18:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:11, NIV: Then six hundred men of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 18:11, ESV: So 600 men of the tribe of Dan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol,

Judges 18:11, KJV: And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.

Judges 18:11, NASB: Then from the family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out.

Judges 18:11, NLT: So 600 men from the tribe of Dan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 18:11, CSB: Six hundred Danites departed from Zorah and Eshtaol armed with weapons of war.

What does Judges 18:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Israel came into the Promised Land, the tribe of Dan was allotted territory (Numbers 3:5–10). However, they failed to complete their conquest (Judges 1:34–36). During the era of the judges (Judges 2:16–19), the tribe has come to feel overcrowded (Judges 18:1). They have sent scouts—five "spies"— to find a new homeland. Those men returned and made their report. Their strong and urgent recommendation to the people was to migrate north 100 miles, or about 160 kilometers. They could obtain land by attacking a group of peaceful, unprepared Sidonians living in a town called Laish.

The spies have pushed hard to convince the entire tribe that defeating the inhabitants would be easy and the land was perfect for them. Yet only a portion of the people appear willing to go. A group of six hundred men, armed for battle, set out along with their families. They leave the struggling Danite towns of Zorah and Eshtaol to begin the migration. Laish is in the far northern edge of the Promised Land, beyond the northern end of the Sea of Galilee, at the foot of Mount Hermon.