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Judges 17:1 ←
There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Judges 17:2 ←
He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears—behold, the silver is with me. I took it.” His mother said, “May Yahweh bless my son!”
Judges 17:3 ←
He restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, then his mother said, “I most certainly dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.”
Judges 17:4 ←
When he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to a silversmith, who made a carved image and a molten image out of it. It was in the house of Micah.
Judges 17:5 ←
The man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
Judges 17:6 ←
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:7 ←
There was a young man out of Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he lived there.
Judges 17:8 ←
The man departed out of the city, out of Bethlehem Judah, to live where he could find a place, and he came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as he traveled.
Judges 17:9 ←
Micah said to him, “Where did you come from?” He said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem Judah, and I am looking for a place to live.”
Judges 17:10 ←
Micah said to him, “Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver per year, a suit of clothing, and your food.” So the Levite went in.
Judges 17:11 ←
The Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his sons.
Judges 17:12 ←
Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
Judges 17:13 ←
Then Micah said, “Now I know that Yahweh will do good to me, since I have a Levite as my priest.”