Matthew Bible

Judges 17

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 which sayde vnto his mother, the eleuen hundred syluerlinges that were taken from the, about which thou cursedst and saidest in myne eares: Beholde the syluer is wyth me for I toke it awaye. Then sayd his mother: blessed be thou my sonne, in the Lord. Judges 17:3 And so he restored the eleuen hundred syluerlinges to his mother againe. And hys mother sayde: I vowed the syluer vnto the Lord of myne hande for my sonne: to make a grauen ymage and an ymage of metall. Now therfore I geue it the agayne. Judges 17:4 And he restored the money againe vnto his mother. Then his mother toke two hundred syluerlinges, & put them to a goldsmith, to make therof a grauen ymage and a ymage of metal, whiche remayned in the house of Micah.

and he ornaments for them.

Judges 17:5 And the man Micah had a chapel of Gods, and made an Ephod and Images, & fylled the hand of one of his sonnes, which became his priest. Judges 17:6 For in those dayes there was no kyng in Israel, but euery man dyd what thought hym best.

He hireth a Levite to be his priest.

Judges 17:7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehem Iuda, and out of the kinredes of Iuda: which young man was a Leuite and soiourned there. Judges 17:8 And the man departed out of the cyty of Bethlehem Iuda, to go dwell where he coulde fynde a place. And he came to mount Ephraim, & to the house of Micah as he iourneyed. Judges 17:9 And Micah sayde vnto him, whence comeste thou? and the Leuite answered him: I am of Bethlehem Iuda, & go to dwell where I may fynde a place. Judges 17:10 And Micah sayde vnto hym: dwel with me, and be vnto me a father and a priest. And I wyll geue the ten syluerlynges by yere and rayment of al sortes, and thy meate and dryncke. Judges 17:11 And the Leuite went and beganne to dwel with the man, and was vnto him as dere, as one of hys owne sonnes. Judges 17:12 And Micah fylled þe hande of the Leuite, and the younge man became his prieste, and continued in the house of Micah. Judges 17:13 Then sayd Micah, now I am sure that the Lorde wylbe good vnto me, seyinge, I haue a Leuyte to my priest.

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