Judges 17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Micah. 1 Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim
2 He said to his mother, "Remember that 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you? I overheard you when you pronounced your curse. Well, I have the money; I stole it. But now I've brought it back to you." His mother said, "God bless you, my son!" 2 said to his mother, "The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse--I have that silver with me; I took it." Then his mother said, "The LORD bless you, my son!"
3 As he returned the 1,100 silver pieces to his mother, she said, "I had totally consecrated this money to God for my son to make a statue, a cast god." 3 When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, "I solemnly consecrate my silver to the LORD for my son to make a carved image and a cast idol. I will give it back to you."
4 Then she took 200 pieces of the silver and gave it to a sculptor and he cast them into the form of a god. 4 So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who made them into the image and the idol. And they were put in Micah's house.
5 This man, Micah, had a private chapel. He had made an ephod and some teraphim-idols and had ordained one of his sons to be his priest. 5 Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some idols and installed one of his sons as his priest.
6 In those days there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing. 6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
7 Meanwhile there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah and from a family of Judah. He was a Levite but was a stranger there. 7 A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah,
8 He left that town, Bethlehem in Judah, seeking his fortune. He got as far as the hill country of Ephraim and showed up at Micah's house. 8 left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way he came to Micah's house in the hill country of Ephraim.
9 Micah asked him, "So where are you from?" He said, "I'm a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah. I'm on the road, looking for a place to settle down." 9 Micah asked him, "Where are you from?" "I'm a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah," he said, "and I'm looking for a place to stay."
10 Micah said, "Stay here with me. Be my father and priest. I'll pay you ten pieces of silver a year, whatever clothes you need, and your meals." 10 Then Micah said to him, "Live with me and be my father and priest, and I'll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food."
11 The Levite agreed and moved in with Micah. The young man fit right in and became one of the family. 11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man was to him like one of his sons.
12 Micah appointed the young Levite as his priest. This all took place in Micah's home. 12 Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house.
13 Micah said, "Now I know that God will make things go well for me - why, I've got a Levite for a priest!" 13 And Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest."