Judges 17

* The beginning of idolatry in Israel, Micah and his mother.

(1-6) Micah hires a Levite to be his priest. (7-13)

1-6 What is related in this, and the rest of the chapters to

the end of this book, was done soon after the death of Joshua:

see chap. #Jud 20:28|. That it might appear how happy the nation

was under the Judges, here is showed how unhappy they were when

there was no Judge. The love of money made Micah so undutiful to

his mother as to rob her, and made her so unkind to her son, as

to curse him. Outward losses drive good people to their prayers,

but bad people to their curses. This woman's silver was her god,

before it was made into a graven or a molten image. Micah and

his mother agreed to turn their money into a god, and set up

idol worship in their family. See the cause of this corruption.

Every man did that which was right in his own eyes, and then

they soon did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.
7-13 Micah thought it was a sign of God's favour to him and his

images, that a Levite should come to his door. Thus those who

please themselves with their own delusions, if Providence

unexpectedly bring any thing to their hands that further them in

their evil way, are apt from thence to think that God is pleased

with them.

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