Judges 17
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1There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.1Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.
2And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 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.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the LORD.”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."
3And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.”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 restored the money to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah.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 gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.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. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.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 of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.7Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.
8And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.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.
9And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.”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."
10And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in.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.
11And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.11The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.
12And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.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, because I have a Levite as priest.”13Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest."
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