1And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.2And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.3And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.4Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.5And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.6In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.7And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.8And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place : and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.9And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place .10And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.11And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.12And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.13Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
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Micah and the Levite
1There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. (Jos 24:33; Jud 17:8; Jud 18:2)2And 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)3And 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)4So 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)5And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained 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)6In 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)7Now 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)8And 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)9And 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.”10And 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)11And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. (Ex 2:21)12And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. (Jud 17:5; Jud 18:30)13Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”