Judges 18:5
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Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful."

King James Bible
And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.

Darby Bible Translation
And they said to him, Inquire, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way on which we go shall be prosperous.

World English Bible
They said to him, "Please ask counsel of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous."

Young's Literal Translation
And they say to him, 'Ask, we pray thee, at God, and we know whether our way is prosperous on which we are going.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ask counsel - of God - As the Danites use the word אלהים Elohim here for God, we are necessarily led to believe that they meant the true God; especially as the Levite answers, Judges 18:6, Before the Lord (יהוה Yehovah) is your way. Though the former word may be sometimes applied to idols, whom their votaries clothed with the attributes of God; yet the latter is never applied but to the true God alone. As the Danites succeeded according to the oracle delivered by the Levite, it is a strong presumption that the worship established by Micah was not of an idolatrous kind. It is really begging the question to assert, as many commentators have done, that the answer was either a trick of the Levite, or suggested by the devil; and that the success of the Danites was merely accidental. This is taking the thing by the worst handle, to support an hypothesis, and to serve a system. See the end of the preceding chapter, Judges 17:13 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ask counsel

1 Kings 22:5 And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray you, at the word of the LORD to day.

2 Kings 16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering...

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit...

Ezekiel 21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright...

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares to them: for the spirit of prostitutions has caused them to err...

Acts 8:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

of God

Judges 18:14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said to their brothers...

Judges 17:5,13 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest...

The Historical Books.
1. In the Pentateuch we have the establishment of the Theocracy, with the preparatory and accompanying history pertaining to it. The province of the historical books is to unfold its practiced working, and to show how, under the divine superintendence and guidance, it accomplished the end for which it was given. They contain, therefore, primarily, a history of God's dealings with the covenant people under the economy which he had imposed upon them. They look at the course of human events on the
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

The Heavenly Footman; Or, a Description of the Man that Gets to Heaven:
TOGETHER WITH THE WAY HE RUNS IN, THE MARKS HE GOES BY; ALSO, SOME DIRECTIONS HOW TO RUN SO AS TO OBTAIN. 'And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain: escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.'--Genesis 19:17. London: Printed for John Marshall, at the Bible in Gracechurch Street, 1698. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. About forty years ago a gentleman, in whose company I had commenced my
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Judges 18:4
He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest."

Judges 18:6
The priest answered them, "Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD's approval."

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