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And there is a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, and his name [is] Micah,
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and he saith to his mother, `The eleven hundred silverlings which have been taken of thine, and [of which] thou hast sworn, and also spoken in mine ears;
lo, the silver [is] with me, I have taken it;' and his mother saith, `Blessed [is] my son of Jehovah.'
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And he giveth back the eleven hundred silverlings to his mother, and his mother saith, `I had certainly sanctified the silver to Jehovah, from my hand, for my son, to make a graven image, and a molten image;
and now, I give it back to thee.'
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And he giveth back the money to his mother, and his mother taketh two hundred silverlings, and giveth them to a refiner, and he maketh them a graven image, and a molten image, and it is in the house of Micah.
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As to the man Micah, he hath a house of gods, and he maketh an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrateth the hand of one of his sons, and he is to him for a priest;
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in those days there is no king in Israel, each that which is right in his own eyes doth.
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And there is a young man of Beth-Lehem-Judah, of the family of Judah, and he [is] a Levite, and he [is] a sojourner there.
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And the man goeth out of the city, out of Beth-Lehem-Judah, to sojourn where he doth find, and cometh to the hill-country of Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, to work his way.
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And Micah saith to him, `Whence comest thou?' and he saith unto him, `A Levite [am] I, of Beth-Lehem-Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I do find.'
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And Micah saith to him, `Dwell with me, and be to me for a father and for a priest, and I give to thee ten silverlings for the days, and a suit of garments, and thy sustenance;' and the Levite goeth [in].
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And the Levite is willing to dwell with the man, and the young man is to him as one of his sons.
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And Micah consecrateth the hand of the Levite, and the young man is to him for a priest, and he is in the house of Micah,
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and Micah saith, `Now I have known that Jehovah doth good to me, for the Levite hath been to me for a priest.'