Judges, Chapter 17

17:1 And there was a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
17:2 And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred [shekels] of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, look, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be my son of Yahweh.
17:3 And he restored the eleven hundred [shekels] of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I truly dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it to you.
17:4 And when he restored the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred [shekels] of silver, and gave them to the goldsmith, who made of it a graven image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Micah.
17:5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and talismans, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
17:7 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.
17:8 And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn where he could find [a place], and he came to the hill-country of Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
17:9 And Micah said to him, Where do you come from? And he said to him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find [a place].
17:10 And Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten [shekels] of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and your victuals. So the Levite went in.
17:11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his sons.
17:12 And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
17:13 Then Micah said, Now I know that Yahweh will do me good, seeing I have a Levite for my priest.

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