So the priest was happy to be with the children of Dan and decided to depart with them, taking hold of the ephod and the Teraphim. So the company marched off putting the little ones and the cattle before them. But when they were a good way off, the men that were around the house of Micah, gathered themselves together, and pursued after, and eventually overtook the children of Dan. And so the children of Dan asked the men of Micah why they had come after them; and Micah replied and said, “Because you have taken away my gods which I have made, and also my priest which I consecrated; and yet you ask me why I have come chasing after you? But the children of Dan told Micah not to raise his voice among the people lest some angry ones among them set upon him and his household and kill them; and Micah, realizing that they were too strong for him, turned and went back to his house; and the children of Dan continued on their way, taking with them the gods which Micah had made and the priest. And when eventually the children of Dan came to the city of Laish, and found it secure and peaceful, they smote the inhabitants with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.