1And there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.
2And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you and about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.”
His mother said, “May my son be blessed of Yahweh.”
3And he gave the 1,100 pieces of silver back to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate, yes, dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a cast metal image. So now I will give it back to you.”
4When he gave the money back to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a cast metal image, and it was in the house of Micah.
5Now the man Micah had a house of God, and he made an ephod and teraphim and installed one of his sons, who became his priest.
6In those days there was no king in Israel, every man did what was right in his own eyes.
7There was a young man out of Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he lived there.
8The man departed out of the city, out of Bethlehem Judah, to live where he could find a place, and he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah as he traveled.
9Micah said to him, “Where did you come from?”
And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem Judah and I am looking for a place to live.”
10Micah said to him, “Dwell with me and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver per year, a suit of clothing and your food.” So the Levite went in.
11So the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man was to him as one of his sons.
12So Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and was in the house of Micah.
13Then Micah said, “Now know I that Yahweh will do good to me, since I have a Levite to be my priest.”