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Judges 17 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Micah’s Priest
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There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Micah.

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He said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver taken from you, and that I heard you place a curse on ​— ​here’s the silver. I took it.”

Then his mother said, “My son, may you be blessed by the LORD! ”

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He returned the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I personally consecrate the silver to the LORD for my son’s benefit to make a carved image and a silver idol.[fn] I will give it back to you.”

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So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image and a silver idol, and it was in Micah’s house.

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This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household idols, and installed one of his sons to be his priest.

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In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever seemed right to him.

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There was a young man, a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who was staying within the clan of Judah.

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The man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place. On his way he came to Micah’s home in the hill country of Ephraim.

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“Where do you come from? ” Micah asked him.

He answered him, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I’m going to stay wherever I can find a place.”

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Micah replied,[fn] “Stay with me and be my father and priest, and I will give you four ounces of silver a year, along with your clothing and provisions.” So the Levite went in

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and agreed to stay with the man, and the young man became like one of his sons.

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Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in Micah’s house.

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Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest.”

CSB Footnotes
Or image and a cast image, also in v. 4
Lit replied to him

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