Judges 18:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:28, NIV: There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.

Judges 18:28, ESV: And there was no deliverer because it was far from Sidon, and they had no dealings with anyone. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth-rehob. Then they rebuilt the city and lived in it.

Judges 18:28, KJV: And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.

Judges 18:28, NASB: And there was no one to save them, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone, and it was in the valley which is near Beth-rehob. So they rebuilt the city and lived in it.

Judges 18:28, NLT: There was no one to rescue the people, for they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby. This happened in the valley near Beth-rehob. Then the people of the tribe of Dan rebuilt the town and lived there.

Judges 18:28, CSB: There was no one to rescue them because it was far from Sidon and they had no alliance with anyone. It was in a valley that belonged to Beth-rehob. They rebuilt the city and lived in it.

What does Judges 18:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The misguided mission of people from the tribe of Dan has been accomplished. They have successfully relocated from the territory given to them by the Lord (Joshua 19:40–46) to a new place far to the north (Judges 18:7–13). This is now identified as the valley of Beth-rehob, placing it near the northern border of the Promised Land in a deeply isolated area. The Danites targeted this area for its resources, as well as for its unsuspecting, unaware people who were sure to be defenseless. This group of Sidonians were caught off guard, and their closest neighbors in Sidon were too far away to send forces to defend them.

The people of Dan rebuild the city after burning it and move in. There is no indication they relied on the Lord for any of this, but He has not stopped it from happening. At least some of the tribe of Dan, if not all, now live in the far north part of the land. This new home will exist as a regional center for idolatry for centuries (Judges 18:30).