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Judges 17 (New American Standard)

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Micah's Idolatry

1 Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah. 2 He said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse ain my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by the LORD." 3 He 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 1to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return bthem to you." 4 So when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith who made cthem into a graven image and a molten image, and dthey were in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had a e2shrine and he made an 3ephod and f4household idols and gconsecrated one of his sons, 5that he might become his priest. 6 In those days 6there was no king in Israel; 7every man did what was right in his own eyes. 7 Now there was a young man from 8Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was hstaying there. 8 Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to istay wherever he might find a place; and as he made his journey, he came to the 9hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. 9 Micah 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 jstay wherever I may find a place." 10 Micah then said to him, "Dwell with me and be 10a 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. 11 The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12 So Micah kconsecrated the Levite, and the young man 11became his priest and llived in the house of Micah. 13 Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest."
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