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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JUDGES 17\\

This chapter relates the first rise of idolatry in Israel after the
death of Joshua, which began in Mount Ephraim, occasioned by a sum of
money stolen by a man from his mother, which being restored, part was
converted to an idolatrous use; two images were made of it, \\#Jud 17:1-5\\
and there being no king in Israel to take cognizance of it, the
idolatry took place and continued, and afterwards spread, \\#Jud 17:6\\,
and this idolater not only made one of his sons a priest, but took a
Levite for another, whom he hired by the year to serve him,
\\#Jud 17:7-13\\.