17 There was a man named Micah. He lived in the mountains of Ephraim. 2 He said to his mother, “You remember the 28 pounds of silver that were taken from you. I heard you say a curse about it. I have the silver with me. I took it.”
His mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son!”
3 Micah gave the 28 pounds of silver to his mother. Then she said, “I will give this silver to the Lord. I will have my son make a carved idol and an idol of melted silver. So I will give the silver back to you.”
4 So he gave the silver back to his mother. She took about 5 pounds of the silver and gave it to a silversmith. He used it to make a carved idol and an idol of melted silver. The idols were put in Micah’s house. 5 Micah had a temple for worshiping idols. He made a vest for a priest and some household idols. Then Micah chose one of his sons to be his priest. 6 At that time the Israelites did not have a king. So everyone did what he thought was right.
7 There was a young man who was a Levite.[a] He was from the city of Bethlehem in the land of Judah. He had been living with the people of Judah. 8 He left Bethlehem to look for another place to live. On his way he came to Micah’s house. It was in the mountains of Ephraim. 9 Micah asked him, “Where have you come from?”
He answered, “I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah. I’m looking for a place to live.”
10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me. Be my father and my priest. I will give you 4 ounces of silver each year. I will also give you clothes and food.” So the Levite went in. 11 The young Levite agreed to live with Micah. He became like one of Micah’s own sons. 12 Micah made him a priest. And he lived in Micah’s house. 13 Then Micah said, “Now I know the Lord will be good to me. I know this because I have a Levite as my priest!”
17:7Levite The Levites were the only ones God had appointed as priests.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to the best Bible Gateway experience! With Bible Gateway Plus, you gain instant access to a digital Bible study library, including complete notes from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the New Bible Commentary. Try it free for 30 days!