1 Now there was a man from the mountains of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
2 And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from
you, and about which you had sworn an oath, even saying it in my ears; behold the silver is
with me, I have taken it. And his mother said, Blessed of Jehovah are you, my son!
3 So when he had returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother
said, I had wholly consecrated the silver from my hand unto Jehovah for my son, to make
a graven image, and a molten image; now therefore, I will return it to you.
4 Thus he returned the silver to his mother. Then his mother took two hundred shekels of
silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he made it into a graven image, and a molten
image; and they were in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod and household idols; and
he confirmed the hand of one of his sons, who became his priest.
6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
7 Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah; he was
a Levite, and sojourned there.
8 And the man departed from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn wherever he
could find a place. And he came to the mountains of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as
he made his way.
9 And Micah said to him, Where do you come from? And he said to him, I am a Levite
from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn wherever I may find.
10 And Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be a father and a priest to me, and I will
give you ten shekels of silver per year, a suit of clothes, and your sustenance. So the Levite
11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man became like one
of his sons to him.
12 And Micah confirmed the hand of the Levite, and the young man became his priest,
and was in the house of Micah.
13 Then Micah said, Now I know that Jehovah will be good to me, since I have a Levite