Judges 18:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:16, NIV: The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate.

Judges 18:16, ESV: Now the 600 men of the Danites, armed with their weapons of war, stood by the entrance of the gate.

Judges 18:16, KJV: And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.

Judges 18:16, NASB: Meanwhile, the six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, were positioned at the entrance of the gate.

Judges 18:16, NLT: As the 600 armed warriors from the tribe of Dan stood at the entrance of the gate,

Judges 18:16, CSB: The six hundred Danite men were standing by the entrance of the city gate, armed with their weapons of war.

What does Judges 18:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scouts sent from the tribe of Dan had passed through Micah's home (Judges 17:1–5, 13) on a previous occasion (Judges 18:1–6). Then, they were on their way to find territory for their tribe in northern Israel. They found an unsuspecting group of Sidonians in a perfect spot for small tribe of Israelites looking for a home. They are now on their way to attack those people and take their town (Judges 18:11–13).

As they make their way back, the five Danites are not alone. They come as part of a small army: six hundred armed warriors who now stand outside the gates of Micah's property. This is a deliberate show of force. Not long before, the five men had made not-at-all subtle references to Micah's wealth in the form of his religious artifacts (Judges 18:14–15). It's clear these men have come to take what they want from Micah before continuing north.