1There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was
2He said to his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of
silver that were taken from you, about which you did utter a curse, and did
also speak it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. His
mother said, Blessed be my son of Yahweh.
3He restored the eleven hundred
pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I most assuredly
dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make an engraved
image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it to you.
he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred
pieces of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made of it an
engraved image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Micah.
man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and
consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
6In those days there
was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
7There was a young man out of Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah,
who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.
8The man departed out of the
city, out of Bethlehem 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
9Micah said to him, Whence come you? He said to him, I am a
Levite of Bethlehem Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a
10Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and
a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver by the year, and a
suit of clothing, and your food. So the Levite went in.
11The Levite was
content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his
12Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his
priest, and was in the house of Micah.
13Then said Micah, Now know I that
Yahweh will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.