NASB — Judges 17 — KJV

Micah’s Idolatry

1 Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah. 2 He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred [pieces] of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse Iin my hearing, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the LORD.” 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 ato make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return Ithem to you.” 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 Ithem into a graven image and a molten image, and IIthey were in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had a Iashrine and he made an bephod and IIchousehold idols and IIIconsecrated one of his sons, dthat he might become his priest. 6 In those days athere was no king in Israel; bevery man did what was right in his own eyes.

[2] ILit and also spoke it in my ears
[3] ILit it aEx 20:4, 23; 34:17
[4] ILit it IILit it was
[5] ILit house of gods IIHeb teraphim IIILit filled the hand of aJg 18:24 bJg 8:27; 18:14 cGn 31:19 dNu 3:10
[6] aJg 18:1; 19:1 bDt 12:8; Jg 21:25

7 ¶ Now there was a young man from aBethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was Istaying there. 8 Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to Istay wherever he might find [a place]; and as he made his journey, he came to the ahill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. 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 Istay wherever I may find [a place].” 10 Micah then said to him, “Dwell with me and be aa 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]. 11 The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12 So Micah Iconsecrated the Levite, and the young man abecame his priest and IIlived in the house of Micah. 13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest.”

[7] IOr sojourning aJg 19:1; Ru 1:1, 2; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:1
[8] IOr sojourn aJsh 24:33
[9] IOr sojourn
[10] aJg 18:19
[12] ILit filled the hand of IILit was aNu 16:10; 18:1-7


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Of the money that Micah first stole, then restored, his mother maketh images,

1 ¶ And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name [was] Micah. 2 And 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. 3 And 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. 4 Yet 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.

[1] Jsh 15:9; 17:14; Jg 10:1; 17:6.
[2] Gn 14:19; 24:30; Ex 20:7; Dt 27:16; Jg 5:23; Ru 3:10; 1S 14:24, 28; 23:21; 26:19; Ne 13:25; Ps 10:3; Pv 28:24; Jr 48:10; Mt 26:74; Ro 9:3; 1Co 16:22; 2Jn 1:11.
[3] Ex 20:4, 23; Lv 19:4; Dt 12:3; Jg 17:13; 18:5; Ps 115:4; Is 40:18; 44:9; 66:3; Jr 10:3, 8; Hab 2:18; Jn 16:2.
[4] Is 46:6; Jr 10:9.

and he ornaments for them.

5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.

[5] Gn 31:19, 30; Ex 24:5; 28:4, 15; 29:9; Jg 8:27; 18:14, 24; 1S 23:6; 1K 12:31; 13:33; Ezr 1:7; Ho 3:4; 8:14; He 5:4.
[6] Gn 36:31; Dt 12:8; 33:5; Jg 18:1; 19:1; 21:3, 25; Ps 12:4; Pv 12:15; 14:12; 16:2; Ec 11:9; Jr 44:16.

He hireth a Levite to be his priest.

7 ¶ And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who [was] a Levite, and he sojourned there. 8 And 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. 9 And 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]. 10 And 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. 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to [my] priest.

[7] Gn 35:19; Jsh 19:15; Jg 19:1; Ru 1:1; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:1, 5.
[8] Jg 17:11; Ne 13:10.
[10] Gn 45:8; Jg 17:11; 18:19, 20; 1S 2:36; 2K 6:21; 8:8; 13:14; Jb 29:16; Is 22:21; Ezk 13:19; Mt 26:15; Jn 12:6; 1Ti 6:10; 1P 5:2.
[12] Nu 16:5, 8; Jg 17:5; 18:30; 1K 12:31; 13:33.
[13] Pv 14:12; Is 44:20; 66:3; Mt 15:9, 13; Jn 16:2; Ac 26:9; Ro 10:2.


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