Judges 17:1-11 CSB

Micah's Priest

1 There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Micah.

References for Judges 17:1

      2 He said to his mother, "The 1,100 pieces of silver taken from you, and that I heard you utter a curse about-here, I have the silver with me. I took it. So now I return it to you."a Then his mother said, "My son, you are blessed by the Lord!"

      References for Judges 17:2

        • a 17:2 - MT places this sentence at the end of v. 3.
          3 He returned the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, "I personally consecrate the silver to the Lord for my son's benefit to make a carved image overlaid with silver."b

          References for Judges 17:3

            • b 17:3 - Or image and a cast image
              4 So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image overlaid with silver,c and it was in Micah's house.

              References for Judges 17:4

                • c 17:4 - Or image and a cast image
                  5 This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household idols, and installed one of his sons to be his priest.
                  6 In those days there was no king in Israel;d everyone did whatever he wanted.ef

                  References for Judges 17:6

                    • d 17:6 - Jdg 18:1; 19:1
                    • e 17:6 - Lit did what was right in his eyes
                    • f 17:6 - Jdg 21:25
                      7 There was a young man, a Levite, from Bethlehem in Judah, who resided within the clan of Judah.
                      8 The man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to settle wherever he could find a place. On his way he came to Micah's home in the hill country of Ephraim.
                      9 "Where do you come from?" Micah asked him. He answered him, "I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I'm going to settle wherever I can find a place.
                      10 Micah replied,g "Stay with me and be my father and priest, and I will give you four ounces of silver a year, along with your clothing and provisions." So the Levite went in

                      References for Judges 17:10

                        • g 17:10 - Lit replied to him
                          11 and agreed to stay with the man, and the young man became like one of his sons.