Of the money that Micah first stole, then restored, his mother maketh images,
Judges 17:1 There was a man in mount Ephraim named Micah, Judges 17:2 and he sayde vnto hys mother: the leuen hundreth syluerlynges that were taken from the, aboute which thou cursedst, & spakest it in myne eares. Behold, the syluer is with me, I toke it awaye. And hys mother sayde: blessed be þu my sonne, in þe Lorde. Judges 17:3 And when he had restored the leuen hundred syluerlynges to his mother agayne, his mother sayde: I vowed the syluer vnto þe Lord of myne hande for the my sonne: that þu shuldest make a grauen ymage and an ymage of metall. Now therfore, I wyll geue it the agayne. Judges 17:4 And when he restored the moneye againe vnto his mother, his mother toke two hundreth syluerlynges, and gaue them to a goldsmyth, which made therof a grauen image, and a ymage of metall, and it was in the house of Micah.
and he ornaments for them.
Judges 17:5 And the man Micah had a temple of goddes, and made an Ephod and Theraphim, and fylled the hande of one of hys sonnes which became hys preaste. Judges 17:6 In those dayes there was no kyng in Israel, but euery man dyd that which was good in hys awne eyes.
He hireth a Levite to be his priest.
Judges 17:7 And there was a yonge man out of Bethlehem Iuda, of the kynred of Iuda: which yonge man was a Leuite, & soiourned ther. Judges 17:8 And the man departed oute of the cytie of Bethlehem Iuda, to go dwel 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 hym. whence commest thou? The leuite answered hym. I am of Bethlehem Iuda, & go to dwell where I maye fynde a place. Judges 17:10 And Micah sayd agayne vnto him: dwell with me, and be vnto me a father and a preste. And I wyll geue the ten syluerlynges by yeare, two garmentes, and thy meate and dryncke. Judges 17:11 And the Leuite was content to dwell wt the man, and was vnto hym as one of hys awne sonnes. Judges 17:12 And Micah consecrated þe hande of the leuite, and the yonge man became his preste, and was in the house of Micah. Judges 17:13 Then sayde Micah: now I am sure, that the Lord wyll be good vnto me, seynge: I haue a leuyte to my preste.