1 There was a man named Micah, who lived in the mountains of Ephraim.
2 He said to his mother: »When someone stole those eleven hundred pieces of silver from you, you put a curse on the robber. I heard you do it. Look, I have the money. I am the one who took it.« His mother said: »Jehovah blesses you.«
3 He gave the money back to his mother. She said: »To keep the curse from falling on my son, I myself solemnly dedicate the silver to Jehovah. It will be used to make a wooden idol covered with silver. Now I will give the pieces of silver back to you.«
4 He returned them to his mother. She took two hundred of the pieces of silver and gave them to a metalworker. The metalworker made an idol, carving it from wood and covering it with the silver. It was placed in Micahs house.
5 Micah had his own place of worship. He made some idols and an ephod, and appointed one of his sons as his priest.
6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did whatever he or she wanted to do.
7 There was a young Levite who had been living in the town of Bethlehem in Judah.
8 The man left Bethlehem to find another place to live. While he was traveling, he came to Micahs house in the mountains of Ephraim.
9 Micah asked him: »Where do you come from?« He answered: »I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah. I need a place to live.«
10 Micah said: »Stay here with me. Be my adviser and priest. I will give you ten pieces of silver a year along with some clothes, and your food.«
11 The young Levite agreed to stay with Micah. He became like a son to him.
12 He lived in Micahs home. Micah made him his priest.
13 Micah said: »Now I know that Jehovah will be good to me, since I have a Levite as a priest.«