- There was a man of the hill country of E'phraim, whose name was Micah.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
- And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and installed one of his sons, who became his priest.
- In those days there was no king in Israel;
every man did what was right in his own eyes.
- Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite;
and he sojourned there.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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."
- And the Levite was content to dwell with the man;
and the young man became to him like one of his sons.
- And Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
- Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest."