Judges 18:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:12, NIV: On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan to this day.

Judges 18:12, ESV: and went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. On this account that place is called Mahaneh-dan to this day; behold, it is west of Kiriath-jearim.

Judges 18:12, KJV: And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.

Judges 18:12, NASB: They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan to this day; behold, it is west of Kiriath-jearim.

Judges 18:12, NLT: They camped at a place west of Kiriath-jearim in Judah, which is called Mahaneh-dan to this day.

Judges 18:12, CSB: They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. This is why the place is still called the Camp of Dan today; it is west of Kiriath-jearim.

What does Judges 18:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

At least a portion of the tribe of Dan, one of the twelve tribes of the people of Israel, has left behind their allotted territory (Numbers 3:5–10). They plan to move far north and take land from the territory of Manasseh (Joshua 17), though no Israelite settlements are yet in the area. Instead, they plan to defeat some peaceful, oblivious Sidonians living in a town called Laish.

The trip begins at the struggling Danite hometowns of Zorah and Eshtaol. Six hundred men and their families set out. They set up camp along the way just to the west of a place in Judah called Kiriath-jearim. Nothing is reported to have happened there in this verse, but the occasion of the tribe of Dan passing through was apparently unusual enough to result in renaming the place to Mahaneh-dan, which means "camp of Dan."