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Judges 17 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Micah’s Idols
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:1 - There was a man named Micah, who lived in the hill country of Ephraim.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:2 - One day he said to his mother, “I heard you place a curse on the person who stole 1,100 pieces[fn] of silver from you. Well, I have the money. I was the one who took it.”
“The LORD bless you for admitting it,” his mother replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:3 - He returned the money to her, and she said, “I now dedicate these silver coins to the LORD. In honor of my son, I will have an image carved and an idol cast.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:4 - So when he returned the money to his mother, she took 200 silver coins and gave them to a silversmith, who made them into an image and an idol. And these were placed in Micah’s house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:5 - Micah set up a shrine for the idol, and he made a sacred ephod and some household idols. Then he installed one of his sons as his personal priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:6 - In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:7 - One day a young Levite, who had been living in Bethlehem in Judah, arrived in that area.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:8 - He had left Bethlehem in search of another place to live, and as he traveled, he came to the hill country of Ephraim. He happened to stop at Micah’s house as he was traveling through.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:9 - “Where are you from?” Micah asked him.
He replied, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am looking for a place to live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:10 - “Stay here with me,” Micah said, “and you can be a father and priest to me. I will give you ten pieces[fn] of silver a year, plus a change of clothes and your food.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:11 - The Levite agreed to this, and the young man became like one of Micah’s sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:12 - So Micah installed the Levite as his personal priest, and he lived in Micah’s house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 17:13 - “I know the LORD will bless me now,” Micah said, “because I have a Levite serving as my priest.”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew 1,100 shekels, about 28 pounds or 12.5 kilograms in weight.
Hebrew 10 shekels, about 4 ounces or 114 grams in weight.

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