17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose
name was Micah.
17:2 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.
17:3 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.
17:4 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.
17:5 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.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every
man did that which was right in his own eyes.
17:7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the
family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
17:8 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
17:9 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.
17:10 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.
17:11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and
the young man was unto 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 said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me
good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.