Micah's Idolatry

1 Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.

References for Judges 17:1

      2 He 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."

      References for Judges 17:2

        • a 17:2 - Lit "and also spoke it in my ears"
          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 them to you."

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          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 them into a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah.

          References for Judges 17:4

            • c 17:4 - Lit "it"
            • d 17:4 - Lit "it was"
              5 And the man Micah had a 2shrine * and he made an 3ephod and 4household idols and consecrated * one of his sons, 5that he might become his priest.

              References for Judges 17:5

                • e 17:5 - Lit "house of gods"
                • f 17:5 - Heb "teraphim"
                • g 17:5 - Lit "filled the hand of"
                  6 In those days 6there was no king in Israel; 7every man did what was right in his own eyes.

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                  7 Now there was a young man from 8Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.

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                  8 Then 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 9hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.

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                  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 stay wherever I may find a place."

                  References for Judges 17:9

                    • j 17:9 - Or "sojourn"
                      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.

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                      11 The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.
                      12 So Micah consecrated * the Levite, and the young man 11became his priest and lived in the house of Micah.

                      References for Judges 17:12

                        • k 17:12 - Lit "filled the hand of"
                        • l 17:12 - Lit "was"
                          13 Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest."