Judges 17

Micah’s Idolatry

1Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah. 2He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse
Lit and also spoke it in my ears
in my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the  Lord.”
3He then returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the  Lord for my son b  to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return
Lit it
them to you.”
4So when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith who made
Lit it
them into a graven image and a molten image, and
Lit it was
they were in the house of Micah.
5And the man Micah had a
Lit house of gods
g  shrine and he made an h  ephod and
Heb teraphim
j  household idols and
Lit filled the hand of
consecrated one of his sons l  that he might become his priest.
6In those days m  there was no king in Israel; n  every man did what was right in his own eyes.

7Now there was a young man from o  Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was
Or sojourning
staying there.
8Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to
Or sojourn
stay wherever he might find a place; and as he made his journey, he came to the r  hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.
9Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to
Or sojourn
stay wherever I may find a place.”
10Micah then said to him, “Dwell with me and be t  a father and a priest to me, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, a suit of clothes, and your maintenance.” So the Levite went in. 11The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12So Micah
Lit filled the hand of
consecrated the Levite, and the young man v  became his priest and
Lit was
lived in the house of Micah.
13Then Micah said, “Now I know that the  Lord will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest.”
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