Judges 18:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:22, NIV: When they had gone some distance from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.

Judges 18:22, ESV: When they had gone a distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah’s house were called out, and they overtook the people of Dan.

Judges 18:22, KJV: And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.

Judges 18:22, NASB: When they had distanced themselves from Micah’s house, the men who were in the houses near Micah’s house assembled by command and overtook the sons of Dan.

Judges 18:22, NLT: When the people from the tribe of Dan were quite a distance from Micah's house, the people who lived near Micah came chasing after them.

Judges 18:22, CSB: After they were some distance from Micah's house, the men who were in the houses near it were mustered and caught up with the Danites.

What does Judges 18:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

At some point, Micah (Judges 17:1–5) realizes what has happened. The five scouts from the tribe of Dan who had previously visited his home (Judges 18:1–5) had returned. They came this time with an army of six hundred soldiers, their wives, their children, and all their belongings. They had camped outside of his property, likely with his blessing (Judges 18:11–14).

Then, when Micah was not around, they went into his family's private shrine to steal the expensive cultic objects. The metal image and carved image his mother had made for him were gone. The ceremonial ephod was gone. The household gods—small statues of various deities—were gone. Worst of all, his own personal Levite priest was gone (Judges 17:13). The Danites had taken everything related to Micah's false, custom-built religion. They've robbed him of tremendous wealth, not to mention objects which Micah believed were providing blessing and prosperity for his household.

Micah sends messages to neighbors. They assemble a fighting force and take off after the Danites, hoping to retrieve Micah's religious belongings. The people from Dan had a head start, but they could not move quickly with their livestock and children. Soon, Micah and his neighbors catch up, only to find Dan's warriors are prepared (Judges 18:21).