Micah and the Levite

17 There was a man of (A)the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, (B)“Blessed be my son by the Lord.” And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make (C)a carved image and (D)a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.” So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother (E)took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made (F)an ephod and (G)household gods, and (H)ordained[a] one of his sons, who became his priest. (I)In those days there was no king in Israel. (J)Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Now there was a young man of (K)Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to (L)the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.” 10 And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me (M)a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in. 11 And the Levite (N)was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12 And Micah (O)ordained the Levite, and the young man (P)became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”

Danites Take the Levite and the Idol

18 (Q)In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days (R)the tribe of the people of Dan was seeking for itself an inheritance to dwell in, for until then no inheritance among the tribes of Israel had fallen to them. So the people of Dan sent five able men from the whole number of their tribe, (S)from Zorah and from Eshtaol, (T)to spy out the land and to explore it. And they said to them, “Go and explore the land.” And they came (U)to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there. When they were by the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young Levite. And they turned aside and said to him, “Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?” And he said to them, “This is how Micah dealt with me: (V)he has hired me, and I have become his priest.” And they said to him, (W)“Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether the journey on which we are setting out will succeed.” And the priest said to them, (X)“Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord.”

Then the five men departed and came to (Y)Laish and saw the people who were there, how they lived in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, (Z)quiet and unsuspecting, lacking[b] nothing that is in the earth and possessing wealth, and how (AA)they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone. And when they came to their brothers at (AB)Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers said to them, “What do you report?” They said, (AC)“Arise, and let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. (AD)And will you do nothing? (AE)Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land. 10 As soon as you go, you will come to an (AF)unsuspecting people. The land is spacious, for God has given it into your hands, (AG)a place where there is no lack of anything that is in the earth.”

11 So 600 men of the tribe of Dan, (AH)armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol, 12 and went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. On this account that place is called (AI)Mahaneh-dan[c] to this day; behold, it is west of (AJ)Kiriath-jearim. 13 And they passed on from there to (AK)the hill country of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah.

14 Then the five men who had gone to scout out the country of Laish said to their brothers, “Do you know that (AL)in these houses there are an ephod, household gods, a carved image, and a metal image? Now therefore consider what you will do.” 15 And they turned aside there and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and (AM)asked him about his welfare. 16 Now the 600 men of the Danites, (AN)armed with their weapons of war, stood by the entrance of the gate. 17 And (AO)the five men who had gone to scout out the land went up and entered and took (AP)the carved image, the ephod, the household gods, and the metal image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the 600 men armed with weapons of war. 18 And when these went into Micah's house and took (AQ)the carved image, the ephod, the household gods, and the metal image, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?” 19 And they said to him, “Keep quiet; (AR)put your hand on your mouth and come with us and be to us (AS)a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?” 20 And the priest's heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people.

21 So they turned and departed, putting the little ones and the livestock and (AT)the goods in front of them. 22 When they had gone a distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah's house were called out, and they overtook the people of Dan. 23 And they shouted to the people of Dan, who turned around and said to Micah, “What is the matter with you, that you come with such a company?” 24 And he said, (AU)“You take my gods that I made and the priest, and go away, and what have I left? How then do you ask me, ‘What is the matter with you?’” 25 And the people of Dan said to him, “Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and you lose your life with the lives of your household.” 26 Then the people of Dan went their way. And when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his home.

27 But the people of Dan took what Micah had made, and the priest who belonged to him, and they came to Laish, to a people (AV)quiet and unsuspecting, and (AW)struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire. 28 And there was no deliverer because it was (AX)far from Sidon, and they had no dealings with anyone. It was in the valley that belongs to (AY)Beth-rehob. Then they rebuilt the city and lived in it. 29 And they named the city (AZ)Dan, after the name of Dan their ancestor, who was born to Israel; but (BA)the name of the city was Laish at the first. 30 And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom, (BB)son of Moses,[d] (BC)and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day (BD)of the captivity of the land. 31 So they set up Micah's carved image that he made, (BE)as long as the house of God was at Shiloh.

Footnotes

  1. Judges 17:5 Hebrew filled the hand of; also verse 12
  2. Judges 18:7 Compare 18:10; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  3. Judges 18:12 Mahaneh-dan means camp of Dan
  4. Judges 18:30 Or Manasseh

You Must Be Born Again

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named (A)Nicodemus, (B)a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus[a] (C)by night and said to him, (D)“Rabbi, (E)we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do (F)unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is (G)born (H)again[b] he cannot (I)see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born (J)of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (K)That which is born of the flesh is (L)flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] (M)Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born (N)again.’ (O)The wind[e] blows (P)where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, (Q)“How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel (R)and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, (S)we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but (T)you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 (U)No one has (V)ascended into heaven except (W)he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14 And (X)as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man (Y)be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes (Z)in him (AA)may have eternal life.[h]

For God So Loved the World

16 “For (AB)God so loved (AC)the world,[i] (AD)that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not (AE)perish but have eternal life. 17 For (AF)God did not send his Son into the world (AG)to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 (AH)Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not (AI)believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 (AJ)And this is the judgment: (AK)the light has come into the world, and (AL)people loved the darkness rather than the light because (AM)their works were evil. 20 (AN)For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, (AO)lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever (AP)does what is true (AQ)comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:2 Greek him
  2. John 3:3 Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7
  3. John 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
  4. John 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here
  5. John 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
  6. John 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
  7. John 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven
  8. John 3:15 Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15
  9. John 3:16 Or For this is how God loved the world

O Lord My God, You Are Very Great

104 (A)Bless the Lord, O my soul!
    O Lord my God, you are (B)very great!
(C)You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    (D)stretching out the heavens (E)like a tent.
He (F)lays the beams of his (G)chambers on the waters;
he makes (H)the clouds his chariot;
    he rides on (I)the wings of the wind;
he (J)makes his messengers winds,
    his (K)ministers (L)a flaming fire.

He (M)set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
You (N)covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
At (O)your rebuke they fled;
    at (P)the sound of your thunder they (Q)took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you (R)appointed for them.
You set (S)a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they (T)might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills;
11 they (U)give drink to every beast of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
    they sing among the branches.
13 (V)From your lofty abode you (W)water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause (X)the grass to grow for the livestock
    and (Y)plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth (Z)food from the earth
15     and (AA)wine to gladden the heart of man,
(AB)oil to make his face shine
    and bread to (AC)strengthen man's heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
    (AD)the cedars of Lebanon (AE)that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
    the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for (AF)the wild goats;
    the rocks are a refuge for (AG)the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the (AH)seasons;[a]
    the sun knows its time for setting.
20 (AI)You make darkness, and it is night,
    when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 (AJ)The young lions roar for their prey,
    seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
    and lie down in their (AK)dens.
23 (AL)Man goes out to his work
    and to his labor until the evening.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 104:19 Or the appointed times (compare Genesis 1:14)

20 (A)The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
    (B)but the rich has many friends.
21 Whoever (C)despises his neighbor is a sinner,
    but (D)blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

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