Judges 17

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1 And there was a man of Mount Ephraim, and his name was Micah.

2 And he said to his mother, The thousand and the hundred of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou didst make·​·an·​·oath, and also spoke in my ears, behold the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of Jehovah, my son.

3 And he returned the thousand and the hundred of silver to his mother, and his mother said, Sanctifying, I had sanctified the silver unto Jehovah from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a molten image; and now I will return it to thee.

4 But he returned the silver unto his mother; and his mother took two·​·hundred of silver, and gave them to the refiner, and he made thereof a carved image and a molten image; and they were in the house of Micah.

5 And the man Micah had a house of God, and made an ephod and teraphim, and filled the hand* of one of his sons, and he was to him for a priest.

6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was upright in his own eyes.

7 And there was a lad from Bethlehem of Judah, of the family of Judah, and he was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

8 And the man went from the city, from Bethlehem of Judah, to sojourn where he could find; and he came to Mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, in making his way.

9 And Micah said to him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite from Bethlehem of Judah, and I go to sojourn where I find a place.

10 And Micah said to him, Dwell with·​·me, and be for me for a father and for a priest, and I will give thee ten pieces of silver for the days, and a value of garments and thy living. And the Levite went in.

11 And the Levite was·​·content to dwell with the man; and the lad was to him as one of his sons.

12 And Micah filled the hand of the Levite; and the lad became his priest and was in the house of Micah.

13 And Micah said, Now I know that Jehovah will do·​·good for me, for the Levite is a priest to me.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.