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Judges 18 Maori Bible (MAORI)

18  I aua ra kahore o Iharaira kingi: i aua ra hoki e rapu ana te iwi o nga Rani i tetahi kainga mo ratou hei nohoanga; kihai hoki tetahi kainga tupu i tau ki a ratou i roto i nga iwi o Iharaira a tae noa ki taua ra.

Na ka tono nga tamariki a Rana i etahi tangata tokorima o to ratou hapu, he hunga maia, i roto i o ratou rohe, i Toraha, i Ehetaoro, hei tutei i te whenua, hei titiro hoki: i mea hoki ki a ratou, Tikina, tirohia te whenua. Na ka tae ratou ki te w henua pukepuke o Eparaima, ki te whare o Mika, noho ana i reira.

I a ratou i te whare o Mika, ka mohiotia e ratou te reo o taua taitamariki, o te Riwaiti: na peka ana ki reira, a ka mea ki a ia, Na wai koe i kawe mai ki konei? e aha ana hoki koe i konei? a he aha tau i konei?

Na ka mea ia ki a ratou, Ko nga mea tenei i meatia e Mika ki ahau; nana hoki ahau i utu, na hei tohunga ano ahau ki a ia.

A ka mea ratou ki a ia, Tena, ui atu ki te Atua kia mohio ai matou ka tika ranei to matou ara e haere nei matou.

Na ka mea te tohunga ki a ratou, Haere marie, kei te aroaro o Ihowa to koutou ara e haere na koutou.

Na ka haere aua tangata tokorima, ka tae ki Raihi, a ka kite i nga tangata o reira, i te pai o ta ratou noho, rite tonu ki a nga Haironi, te ata noho, te mau; kahore hoki he tangata whai mana o te whenua hei mea kia whakama ratou ki tetahi mea, a e matara mai ana ratou i nga Haironi, kahore hoki a ratou aha ki tetahi tangata.

Na ka tae ratou ki o ratou tuakana, ki Toraha, ki Ehetaoro; a ka mea o ratou tuakana ki a ratou, He aha ta koutou korero?

Katahi ratou ka mea atu, Whakatika, kia whakaekea ratou e tatou; kua kite hoki matou i te whenua, na he pai rawa; a me ata noho ano ranei koutou? kaua ra e mangere, ki te haere ki te tango i tera whenua:

10 Ka haere koutou, ka tae atu koutou ki tetahi iwi e noho tatu ana, a he nui hoki te whenua; kua homai nei hoki e te Atua ki o koutou ringa; he wahi, kahore nei i hapa i tetahi mea o te whenua.

11 Na turia atu ana i reira e te hapu o nga Rani, i roto i Toraha, i Ehetaoro, e ono rau tangata, whitiki rawa ki nga rakau o te whawhai.

12 Na ka haere ratou, a ka pupahi ki Kiriata Tearimi, ki Hura; koia i huaina ai te ingoa o tera wahi, ko Mahanerana a mohoa noa nei: koia tena i tua atu o Kiriata Tearimi.

13 Na, i haere atu ratou i reira ki te whenua pukepuke o Eparaima, a ka tae ki te whare o Mika.

14 Na ko te ohonga o nga tangata tokorima i haere nei ki te tutei i te whenua o Raihi, ka mea ki o ratou tuakana, E mohio ana ranei koutou kei enei whare he epora, he terapimi, he whakapakoko whaowhao, me tetahi mea whakarewa? na ma koutou te whaka aro ki ta koutou e mea ai.

15 Na ka peka ratou ki reira, a ka tae ki te whare o taua taitamariki, o te Riwaiti, ara ki te whare o Mika, a oha atu ana ki a ia.

16 A, ko nga tangata e ono rau o nga tama a Rana me a ratou rakau whawhai, tu tonu i te tomokanga o te kuwaha.

17 Na haere atu ana nga tangata tokorima i haere ra ki te tutei i te whenua, a ka tae ki reira; kei te tango i te whakapakoko whakairo, i te epora, i nga terapimi, i te whakapakoko hoki i whakarewaina: na ko te tohunga i te tomokanga ki te kuwaha e tu ana, ratou ko nga tangata e ono rau, me a ratou rakau whawhai, whitiki tonu.

18 A, no te haerenga o era ki te whare o Mika, no te tangohanga i te whakapakoko whakairo, i te epora, i nga terapimi, i te mea hoki i whakarewaina, ka mea te tohunga ki a ratou, E aha ana koutou?

19 Ano ra ko ratou ki a ia, Whakarongoa, kopania atu tou ringa ki tou mangai, a haere mai tatou, hei matua hoki koe mo matou, hei tohunga. Ko tehea te mea pai? kia waiho koe hei tohunga mo te whare o te tangata kotahi, kia waiho ranei hei tohunga m o tetahi iwi, mo tetahi hapu hoki o Iharaira?

20 Na ka koa te ngakau o te tohunga, a ka mau ia ki te epora, ki nga terapimi, ki te whakapakoko whakairo, a haere ana i roto i taua hunga.

21 Katahi ratou ka tahuri, ka haere; a maka ana e ratou nga tamariki, nga kararehe, me nga taonga ki mua i a ratou.

22 Ka matara atu ratou i te whare o Mika, na ka huihuia nga tangata o nga whare i tata ki te whare o Mika, a ka mau atu i a ratou nga tama a Rana.

23 Na ka karanga ratou ki nga tama a Rana. A ka tahuri mai nga aroaro o era, ka mea ki a Mika, He aha tau i huihui tangata mai ai koe?

24 Na ka mea ia, Kua tangohia atu ra e koutou aku atua i hanga ai, me te tohunga, a kua haere atu; a he aha atu ano taku? he aha hoki kia ki mai koutou ki ahau, He aha tau?

25 A ka mea nga tama a Rana ki a ia, Kei rangona tou reo e matou, kei torere atu ki a koe te hunga ngakau aritarita, a ka mate koe me tou whare katoa.

26 Na haere ana nga tama a Rana i to ratou ara, i te kitenga hoki o Mika he kaha rawa ratou i a ia, ka tahuri ia, a hoki ana ki tona whare.

27 A maua atu ana e ratou nga mea i hanga e Mika, me te tohunga i noho ki a ia, a haere ana ki Raihi, ki tetahi iwi e ata noho ana, kahore ona whakaohooho; na patua iho e ratou ki te mata o te hoari, tahuna ake hoki e ratou te pa ki te ahi.

28 Kahore hoki he tangata hei whakaora; no te mea he matara a reira i Harona, kahore ano a ratou aha ki tetahi tangata: i te raorao hoki a reira, i Peterehopo. Na hanga ana e ratou te pa, a noho ana i reira.

29 A huaina ana e ratou te ingoa o te pa ko Rana, ko te ingoa o to ratou matua, o Rana, i whanau nei ma Iharaira: ko Raihi ia te ingoa o te pa i mua.

30 Na whakaturia ana e nga tama a Rana mo ratou te whakapakoko whaowhao, a ko Honatana hoki tama a Kerehoma, tama a Mohi, ratou ko ana tama nga tohunga o te iwi o nga Rana tae noa ki te ra i whakaraua ai te whenua.

31 A tu tonu ta ratou whakapakoko whakairo, ta Mika i hanga ra, i nga ra katoa o te whare o te Atua i Hiro.

Judges 18 New International Version (NIV)

The Danites Settle in Laish

18 In those days Israel had no king.

And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. So the Danites sent five of their leading men from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out the land and explore it. These men represented all the Danites. They told them, “Go, explore the land.”

So they entered the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah, where they spent the night. When they were near Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they turned in there and asked him, “Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? Why are you here?”

He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, “He has hired me and I am his priest.

Then they said to him, “Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful.”

The priest answered them, “Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord’s approval.”

So the five men left and came to Laish, where they saw that the people were living in safety, like the Sidonians, at peace and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous.[a] Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonians and had no relationship with anyone else.[b]

When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their fellow Danites asked them, “How did you find things?”

They answered, “Come on, let’s attack them! We have seen the land, and it is very good. Aren’t you going to do something? Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over. 10 When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever.

11 Then six hundred men of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol. 12 On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan[c] to this day. 13 From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah’s house.

14 Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their fellow Danites, “Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, some household gods and an image overlaid with silver? Now you know what to do.” 15 So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah’s place and greeted him. 16 The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate. 17 The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance of the gate.

18 When the five men went into Micah’s house and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?”

19 They answered him, “Be quiet! Don’t say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn’t it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man’s household?” 20 The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people. 21 Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.

22 When they had gone some distance from Micah’s house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites. 23 As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?”

24 He replied, “You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’”

25 The Danites answered, “Don’t argue with us, or some of the men may get angry and attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives.” 26 So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.

27 Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. 28 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. 29 They named it Dan after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel—though the city used to be called Laish. 30 There the Danites set up for themselves the idol, and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses,[d] and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land. 31 They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 18:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
  2. Judges 18:7 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts with the Arameans
  3. Judges 18:12 Mahaneh Dan means Dan’s camp.
  4. Judges 18:30 Many Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate; many other Hebrew manuscripts and some other Septuagint manuscripts Manasseh
New International Version (NIV)

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