Judges 17

English Standard Version

There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. (Jos 24:33; Jud 17:8; Jud 18:2) And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.” (Ru 3:10; 1Sa 15:13) And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.” (Ex 20:4; Le 19:4) So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. (Isa 46:6) And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained[1] one of his sons, who became his priest. (Ge 31:19; Ex 28:6; Jud 8:27; Jud 17:12; Jud 18:14; Jud 18:17; 1Ki 13:33; Ho 3:4) In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (De 12:8; Jud 18:1; Jud 19:1; Jud 21:25) Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. (Jud 19:1; Ru 1:1; Mic 5:2; Mt 2:1; Mt 2:5) And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. (Jos 24:33) And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.” 10 And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in. (Jud 18:19) 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. (Ex 2:21) 12 And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. (Jud 17:5; Jud 18:30) 13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”