Judges 18:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:15, NIV: So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him.

Judges 18:15, ESV: And they turned aside there and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and asked him about his welfare.

Judges 18:15, KJV: And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.

Judges 18:15, NASB: So they turned aside there and came to the house of the young man, the Levite, to the house of Micah, and asked him how he was doing.

Judges 18:15, NLT: Then the five men turned off the road and went over to Micah's house, where the young Levite lived, and greeted him kindly.

Judges 18:15, CSB: So they detoured there and went to the house of the young Levite at the home of Micah and greeted him.

What does Judges 18:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The five scouts from Dan somehow identified the Levite priest who served in Micah's household (Judges 17:1–5) even before their first visit there (Judges 18:3). During that visit, they asked him many questions about how he came to live there. They also asked him to ask the Lord if their mission would be successful. They took his response as a positive sign they should keep going (Judges 18:4–6).

Now they have returned to Micah's home. Given Micah's family wealth, this was probably a homestead with multiple buildings. This time, however, the men from Dan come as part of a six-hundred-man army (Judges 18:11–13) on its way to slaughter the residents of a northern town (Judges 18:7–10). The Danites enter the house of the young Levite priest and treat him with apparent respect, asking about his welfare, as if they are old friends.