New International Version
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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CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryThe 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:
He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest."
The priest answered them, "Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD's approval."
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