0 SAB Judges 17



Micah and his mother hire a priest for their house of gods

1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

There was a man named Micah who lived on mount Ephraim.

2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.

Micah said to his mother,
You know the 1100 shekels of silver [1] that were stolen from you?

Well I was the one who stole them.

His mother said,

Bless you, my son.

3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.

When Micah returned the 1100 shekels of silver to his mother, she said,
I dedicate this silver to God, so my son can make a graven image.

So I'm giving the silver back to you, my son.

4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

But Micah returned the silver to his mother, and his mother used 200 shekels to pay for a molten image.

5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Micah had a house of gods, made an ephod and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons as a priest.

7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

A young Levite came to Micah's house.

9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.

Micah said to him,
Where'd you come from?
He said,
I'm a Levite. I'm looking for a place to stay.

10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.

11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.

Micah said,
Stay here and be a father and a priest to me. I'll give you ten shekels of silver a year, plus some clothes and food.

So the young Levite stayed with Micah, and became like a son to him.

12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

Micah consecrated the Levite, and he became his priest.

13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Then Micah said,
Now I know God will treat me well, since I have a Levite for a priest.

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