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Judges 17

Of the money that Micah first stole, then restored, his mother maketh images,

Judges 17:1 There was a man of mount Ephraim, named Micah. Judges 17:2 And he sayde vnto his mother: The seuen hundred siluerlynges that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest it in myne eares, behold the syluer is with me, I toke it away. And his mother sayd: Blessed be thou my sonne, in the Lorde. Judges 17:3 And when he had restored the leuen hundreth syluerlynges to his mother, his mother sayde: I had dedicated the syluer vnto the Lorde of myne hande for thee my sonne, that thou shouldest make a grauen and moulten image: Now therfore I will geue it thee agayne. Judges 17:4 And when he restored the money vnto his mother, his mother toke two hundreth syluerlynges, and gaue them the founder, which made therof a grauen moulten image, and it was in the house of Micah.

and he ornaments for them.

Judges 17:5 And the man Micah had an house of goddes, and made an Ephod and Theraphim, and consecrated one of his sonnes, which became his prieste. Judges 17:6 In those dayes there was no kyng in Israel, but euery man dyd that which was good in his owne eyes.

He hireth a Levite to be his priest.

Judges 17:7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehem Iuda, of the kynred of Iuda, which young man was a Leuite, & soiourned there. Judges 17:8 And the man departed out of the citie of Bethlehem Iuda, to go dwell where he coulde fynde [a conuenient place]: And he came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah as he iourneyed. Judges 17:9 And Micah sayde vnto him: Whence comest thou? The Leuite aunswered hym: I am of Bethlehem Iuda, and go to dwell where I may fynde [a place]. Judges 17:10 And Micah sayde agayne vnto hym: Dwell with me, and be vnto me a father and a prieste, and I will geue thee ten syluerlynges by yere, two garmentes, and thy meate and dryncke. So the Leuite went in. Judges 17:11 And ye Leuite was content to dwell with the man, and was vnto hym as one of his owne sonnes. Judges 17:12 And Micah consecrated the Leuite, & the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. Judges 17:13 Then sayde Micah: Now I am sure that the Lord will be good vnto me, seing I haue a Leuite to my prieste.

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