Shoftim 17

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Shoftim (Book of Judges), Chapter 17

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Now there was a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 And he said unto his mother: 'The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou didst utter a curse, and didst also speak it in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.' And his mother said: 'Blessed be my son of HaShem.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 And he restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said: 'I verily dedicate the silver unto HaShem from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore I will restore it unto thee.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 And when he restored the money unto his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image; and it was in the house of Micah.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 And the man Micah had a house of G-d, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem in Judah--in the family of Judah--who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem in Judah, to sojourn where he could find a place; and he came to the hill-country of Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And Micah said unto him: 'Whence comest thou?' And he said unto him: 'I am a Levite of Beth-lehem in Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And Micah said unto him: 'Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten pieces of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals.' So the Levite went in.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 Then said Micah: 'Now know I that HaShem will do me good, seeing I have a Levite as my priest.'

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