Judges 18:19
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English Standard Version
And they said to him, “Keep quiet; put your hand on your mouth and come with us and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?”

King James Bible
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?

American Standard Version
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said to him: Hold thy peace and put thy finger on thy mouth and come with us, that we may have thee for a father, and a priest. Whether is better for thee, to be a priest in the house of one man, or in a tribe and family in Israel?

English Revised Version
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: Is it better for thee to be a priest to the house of one man, or that thou shouldst be a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?

Judges 18:19 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From this point they went across to the mountains of Ephraim, and came to Micah's house, i.e., to a place near it.

Judges 18:19 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

lay thine. This was the token of silence. These men were evidently very ignorant; and absurdly concluded that they should, by taking Micah's gods, secure the presence and favour of the God of Israel, in their expedition and settlement. They perhaps supposed the piety of their motives, and the goodness of their end, would justify the means. But it was a base robbery of Micah, aggravated by the Levite's ingratitude, and their menaces.

Job 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand on your mouth.

Job 29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Job 40:5,6 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will proceed no further...

Proverbs 30:32 If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand on your mouth.

Micah 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand on their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

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Judges 17:10 And Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten shekels of silver by the year...

2 Kings 6:21 And the king of Israel said to Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them?

2 Kings 8:8,9 And the king said to Hazael, Take a present in your hand, and go, meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying...

2 Kings 13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face...

Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Cross References
Judges 17:10
And Micah said to him, "Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living." And the Levite went in.

Judges 18:18
And when these went into Micah's house and took the carved image, the ephod, the household gods, and the metal image, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"

Judges 18:20
And the priest's heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people.

Job 21:5
Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth.

Job 29:9
the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth;

Job 40:4
"Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

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