17:1 There was a man of the hill country of E'phraim, whose name was Micah.
17:2 And he said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by the LORD."
17:3 And he restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, "I consecrate the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore I will restore it to you."
17:4 So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a graven image and a molten image; and it was in the house of Micah.
17:5 And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and installed one of his sons, who became his priest.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.
17:7 Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.
17:8 And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah, to live where he could find a place; and as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of E'phraim to the house of Micah.
17:9 And Micah said to him, "From where do you come?" And he said to him, "I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place."
17:10 And Micah said to him, "Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, and a suit of apparel, and your living."
17:11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man became to him like one of his sons.
17:12 And Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
17:13 Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest."