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 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 to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return 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 them into a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah. 5And the man Micah had a shrine and he made an ephod and household idols and consecrated one of his sons, that he might become his priest. 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. 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 stay wherever I may find a place. 10Micah then said to him, Dwell with me and be 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 consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and 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.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And there was a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
There was at that time a man of mount Ephraim whose name was Michas,
Darby Bible Translation
There was a man of the hill country of E'phraim, whose name was Micah.
English Revised Version
And there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Webster's Bible Translation
And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
World English Bible
There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Young's Literal Translation
And there is a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, and his name is Micah,
LibraryAnd thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the thousands of Judah
"And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall come forth unto Me (one) [Pg 480] to be Ruler in Israel; and His goings forth are the times of old, the days of eternity." The close connection of this verse with what immediately precedes (Caspari is wrong in considering iv. 9-14 as an episode) is evident, not only from the [Hebrew: v] copulative, and from the analogy of the near relation of the announcement of salvation to the prophecy of disaster …
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Letter xxix. To Marcella.
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The Fifth Commandment
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