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 tothe end of this book, was done soon after the death of Joshua:see chap. #Jud 20:28|. That it might appear how happy the nationwas under the Judges, here is showed how unhappy they were whenthere was no Judge. The love of money made Micah so undutiful tohis mother as to rob her, and made her so unkind to her son, asto 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 andhis mother agreed to turn their money into a god, and set upidol worship in their family. See the cause of this corruption.Every man did that which was right in his own eyes, and thenthey 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 hisimages, that a Levite should come to his door. Thus those whoplease themselves with their own delusions, if Providenceunexpectedly bring any thing to their hands that further them intheir evil way, are apt from thence to think that God is pleasedwith them.
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