Judges 18:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 18:8, NIV: When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their fellow Danites asked them, 'How did you find things?'

Judges 18:8, ESV: And when they came to their brothers at Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers said to them, “What do you report?”

Judges 18:8, KJV: And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?

Judges 18:8, NASB: When they came back to their brothers at Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers said to them, 'What do you say?'

Judges 18:8, NLT: When the men returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, 'What did you find?'

Judges 18:8, CSB: When the men went back to their relatives at Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, "What did you find out? "

What does Judges 18:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The five "spies," meaning scouts, of the tribe of Dan had been sent to find a new home territory. They no longer fit into the space they occupied around Zorah and Eshtaol in central Israel. Depending on when this is taking place, they may have been under pressure from the Amorites or the Philistines. This was their own fault, having failed (Judges 1:34–36) to complete their takeover of the land allotted them by God (Numbers 3:5–10). Their tribe was living right up against the border of Ephraim. They wanted to migrate to somewhere new.

Now their advance scouts have returned after a journey (Judges 18:1–7) well to the north and back. The people are eager to hear their report. As it happens, they have found a place which is not only rich in resources, but it's also populated by peaceful people oblivious to the danger around them. As the tribe of Dan will see it, this is an easy target (Judges 18:10).