171There was once a man named Micah, who lived in the hill country of Ephraim. 2He said to his mother, “When someone stole those 1,100 pieces of silver from you, you put a curse on the thief. I heard you do it. Look, I have the money. I am the one who took it.”
His mother said, “May the LORD bless you, my son!” 3He gave the money back to his mother, and she said, “To stop the curse from falling on my son, I myself am solemnly dedicating the silver to the LORD. It will be used to make a wooden idol covered with silver. So now I will give the pieces of silver back to you.” 4Then he gave them back to his mother. She took 200 of the pieces of silver and gave them to a metalworker, who made an idol, carving it from wood and covering it with the silver. It was placed in Micah's house.
5This man Micah had his own place of worship. He made some idols and an ephod,17.5 ephod: See Word List. and appointed one of his sons as his priest. 6
There was no king in Israel at that time; all the people did just as they pleased.
7At that same time there was a young Levite who had been living in the town of Bethlehem in Judah. 8He left Bethlehem to find somewhere else to live. While he was travelling, he came to Micah's house in the hill country of Ephraim. 9Micah asked him, “Where do you come from?”
He answered, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah. I am looking for somewhere to live.”
10Micah said, “Stay with me. Be my adviser and priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, some clothes, and your food.”17.10 Probable text your food; Hebrew your food. So the Levite went. 11The young Levite agreed to stay with Micah and became like a son to him. 12Micah appointed him as his priest, and he lived in Micah's home. 13Micah said, “Now that I have a Levite as my priest, I know that the LORD will make things go well for me.”