And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: the LORD is before your way in which you go.
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George Leo Haydock
Looketh with approbation. (Haydock)
It is uncertain whether this prediction proceeded from God, from the devil, or from the crafty Levite, (Calmet) who might answer as he thought the messengers wished him to do. (Menochius)
Their undertaking proved successful. But the devil, who knew the valour of the Danites, and the security of the citizens of Lais, or even a man of moderate prudence and sagacity, might have told what would be the probable event of an attack in such circumstances. (Calmet)
Whether God approved or condemned the Levite's worship, he might speak by his mouth, as he did by that of Balaam. (Haydock)
But it is generally supposed that Jonathan was the organ of the devil, (Calmet) who answered with a degree of obscurity, as he was accustomed, (Worthington) that, in any case, his credit might subsist. (Haydock)