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Judges 17:1
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Micah's Idols

Now a man named Micah(a) from the hill country of Ephraim
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Judges 17:2
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said to his mother, "The eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it." Then his mother said, "The Lord bless you,(b) my son!"
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Judges 17:3
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When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, "I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver.(c) I will give it back to you."
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Judges 17:4
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So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels[b] of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol.(d) And it was put in Micah's house.
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Judges 17:5
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Now this man Micah had a shrine,(e) and he made an ephod(f) and some household gods(g) and installed(h) one of his sons as his priest.(i)
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Judges 17:6
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In those days Israel had no king;(j) everyone did as they saw fit.(k)
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Judges 17:7
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A young Levite(l) from Bethlehem in Judah,(m) who had been living within the clan of Judah,
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Judges 17:8
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left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way[c] he came to Micah's house in the hill country of Ephraim.
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Judges 17:9
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Micah asked him, "Where are you from?" "I'm a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,(n)" he said, "and I'm looking for a place to stay."
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Judges 17:10
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Then Micah said to him, "Live with me and be my father(o) and priest,(p) and I'll give you ten shekels[d] of silver a year, your clothes and your food."
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Judges 17:11
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So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him.
Judges 17:12
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Then Micah installed(q) the Levite, and the young man became his priest(r) and lived in his house.
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Judges 17:13
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And Micah said, "Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest."(s)
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Judges 18:1
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In those days Israel had no king.(a) And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.(b)
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Judges 18:2
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So the Danites(c) sent five of their leading men(d) from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out(e) the land and explore it. These men represented all the Danites. They told them, "Go, explore the land."(f) So they entered the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah,(g) where they spent the night.
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Judges 18:3
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When they were near Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite;(h) so they turned in there and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? Why are you here?"
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Judges 18:4
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He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, "He has hired me and I am his priest.(i)"
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Judges 18:5
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Then they said to him, "Please inquire of God(j) to learn whether our journey will be successful."
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Judges 18:6
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The priest answered them, "Go in peace(k). Your journey has the Lord 's approval."
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Judges 18:7
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So the five men(l) left and came to Laish,(m) where they saw that the people were living in safety, like the Sidonians, at peace and secure.(n) And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous.[a] Also, they lived a long way from the Sidonians(o) and had no relationship with anyone else.[b]
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Judges 18:8
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When they returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their fellow Danites asked them, "How did you find things?"
Judges 18:9
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They answered, "Come on, let's attack them! We have seen the land, and it is very good. Aren't you going to do something? Don't hesitate to go there and take it over.(p)
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Judges 18:10
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When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land that God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing(q) whatever.(r)"
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Judges 18:11
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Then six hundred men(s) of the Danites,(t) armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.
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Judges 18:12
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On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim(u) in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan[c](v) to this day.
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Judges 18:13
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From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah's house.(w)
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Judges 18:14
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Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish(x) said to their fellow Danites, "Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod,(y) some household gods and an image overlaid with silver?(z) Now you know what to do."
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Judges 18:15
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So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him.
Judges 18:16
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The six hundred Danites,(aa) armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate.
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Judges 18:17
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The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods(ab) while the priest and the six hundred armed men(ac) stood at the entrance of the gate.
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Judges 18:18
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When the five men went into Micah's house and took(ad) the idol, the ephod and the household gods,(ae) the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
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Judges 18:19
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They answered him, "Be quiet!(af) Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest.(ag) Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan(ah) in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?"
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Judges 18:20
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The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people.
Judges 18:21
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Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.
Judges 18:22
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When they had gone some distance from Micah's house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.
Judges 18:23
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As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, "What's the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?"
Judges 18:24
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He replied, "You took(ai) the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, ‘What's the matter with you?'"
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Judges 18:25
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The Danites answered, "Don't argue with us, or some of the men may get angry and attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives."
Judges 18:26
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So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him,(aj) turned around and went back home.
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Judges 18:27
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Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure.(ak) They attacked them with the sword and burned(al) down their city.(am)
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Judges 18:28
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There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon(an) and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob.(ao) The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there.
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Judges 18:29
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They named it Dan(ap) after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel—though the city used to be called Laish.(aq)
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Judges 18:30
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There the Danites set up for themselves the idol, and Jonathan son of Gershom,(ar) the son of Moses,[d] and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the captivity of the land.
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Judges 18:31
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They continued to use the idol Micah had made,(as) all the time the house of God(at) was in Shiloh.(au)
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