Judges 17:7
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New International Version
A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah,

New Living Translation
One day a young Levite, who had been living in Bethlehem in Judah, arrived in that area.

English Standard Version
Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a young man, a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who resided within the clan of Judah.

International Standard Version
A young male descendant of Levi happened to be visiting there from Bethlehem in the territory of Judah.

NET Bible
There was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah. He was a Levite who had been temporarily residing among the tribe of Judah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah. (Bethlehem belongs to the family of Judah.) He was a Levite but was living in Bethlehem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there was a young man out of Bethlehem of Judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

King James 2000 Bible
And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

American King James Version
And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

American Standard Version
And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There was also another young man of Bethlehem Juda, of the kindred thereof: and he was a Levite, and dwelt there.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was a young man out of Bethlehem-Judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

English Revised Version
And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

World English Bible
There was a young man out of Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he lived there.

Young's Literal Translation
And there is a young man of Beth-Lehem-Judah, of the family of Judah, and he is a Levite, and he is a sojourner there.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:7-13 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Of the family of Judah. These words are difficult to explain. If the man was a Levite he could not be of the family or tribe of Judah. Some explain the words to be merely a more accurate definition of Bethlehem-judah, as if he would say, I mean Bethlehem in the tribe of Judah. Others explain them to mean that he was one of a family of Levites who had settled in Bethlehem, and so came to be reckoned in civil matters as belonging to Judah. Others, that he was of the family of Judah on his mother s side, which might be the cause of his settling at Bethlehem. But many commentators think them spurious, as they are not found in the Septuagint (Cod. Vat.), nor in the Peschito, nor in No. 440 of De Rossi's MSS. The Septuagint has Bethlehem of the family of Judah.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah,.... As there were two Bethlehems, one in the tribe of Zebulun, Joshua 19:15 and another in the tribe of Judah, the place here designed, Judah is added to it, to distinguish it from the other:

of the family of Judah: which refers either to the young man, who was by his father's side a Levite, and by his mother's side, as Jarchi thinks, of the tribe of Judah, which seems very probable, though the genealogies of families were not reckoned from the mother; wherefore he might be so called because he had lived chiefly in the tribe of Judah, and particularly at Bethlehem; but Kimchi, and several other Jewish commentators, refer this to the city of Bethlehem, that was of the tribe of Judah, family being put for the tribe; or belonged to the children of Judah; though one would think there was no need to have added this, since it was fully expressed before by calling it Bethlehemjudah; the former sense therefore seems best:

who was a Levite; his father being, as before observed, of that tribe, though his mother might be of the tribe of Judah: and he sojourned there; that is, at Bethlehem; he was not a native, nor an inhabitant there, but a sojourner, it not being a Levitical city.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Beth-lehem-judah—so called in contradistinction to a town of the same name in Zebulun (Jos 19:15).

of the family—that is, tribe.

of Judah—Men of the tribe of Levi might connect themselves, as Aaron did (Ex 6:23), by marriage with another tribe; and this young Levite belonged to the tribe of Judah, by his mother's side, which accounts for his being in Beth-lehem, not one of the Levitical cities.

Judges 17:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Micah's Idolatry
6In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. 7Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there. 8Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to stay wherever he might find a place; and as he made his journey, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:1
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

Judges 19:1
In those days Israel had no king. Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.

Ruth 1:1
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.

Ruth 1:2
The man's name was Elimelek, his wife's name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Micah 5:2
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
Treasury of Scripture

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

Beth-lehem-judah

Judges 19:1,2 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel…

Genesis 35:19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

Joshua 19:15 And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: …

Ruth 1:1,2 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Matthew 2:1,5,6 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod …

of the family. That is, of the tribe of Judah by his mother; and of that of Levi by his father

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