1There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah. 2#Ne 13:25; Ru 3:10He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver#About 28 pounds, or 13 kilograms. that were taken from you, on which you put a curse, even speaking the curse in my ears—here is the silver with me. I took it.”
Then his mother said, “May the Lord bless my son!”
3#Ex 20:4; 20:23Then he returned the eleven hundred silver coins to his mother. His mother said, “I certainly consecrated the silver to the Lord, for my son to make a carved idol and a metal idol, so now I return it to you.”
4When he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels of silver#About 5 pounds, or 2.3 kilograms. and gave them to a silversmith to make a carved idol and a metal idol. And they were put in the house of Micah.
5#Ge 31:19; Jdg 8:27This man Micah owned a shrine. He made an ephod and household idols, and he hired one of his sons to be a priest for him. 6#Dt 12:8; Jdg 18:1In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his eyes.
7#Ru 1:1–2; Mic 5:2There was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah. He was a Levite from Judah, and he stayed as a resident foreigner there. 8The man went from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place. He came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, to do his work.
9Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?”
He said to him, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to stay wherever I can find a place.”
10Micah said to him, “Live with me, and be a father and a priest for me. I will give you ten silver coins#About 4 ounces, or 115 grams. a year, a set of clothes, and food.” So the Levite went in. 11The Levite decided to live with the man, and the young man became like one of his sons. 12#Jdg 18:30Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in the house of Micah. 13Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will do good for me, for I have a Levite to be my priest.”