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Micah`s (Mikahu`s) Idols...
And there was a man from the hill country of Ephrayim, whose name was Mikahu.
And he said to his mother, 'The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, and on which you put a curse, even saying it in my ears. Look, the silver is with me, I took it.' And his mother said, 'Blessed of YHWH be my son!'
And he gave back the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, 'I had truly set apart the silver from my hand to YHWH for my son, to make a carved image and a moulded image, and now, I give it back to you.'
And he gave the silver back to his mother, and his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he made it into a carved image and a moulded image. And they were in the house of Mikahu.
Now the man Mikah had a house of mighty ones, and made a shoulder garment and house idols. And he ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.
In those days there was no sovereign in Yisra'el - everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
And there was a young man from Beyth Lehem in Yehudah, of the clan of Yehudah. And he was a Lewite, and he was sojourning there.
And the man went out of the city of Beyth Lehem in Yehudah to sojourn wherever he could find a place. And he came to the mountains of Ephrayim, to the house of Mikah, as he journeyed.
And Mikah said to him, 'Where do you come from?' And he said to him, 'I am a Lewite from Beyth Lehem in Yehudah, and I am on my way to find a place to sojourn.'
And Mikah said to him, 'Dwell with me, and be a father and a priest to me, and I give you ten pieces of silver per year, and a suit of garments, and your food.' And the Lewite went in.
So the Lewite agreed to dwell with the man. And the young man became like one of his sons to him.
Then Mikah ordained the Lewite, and the young man became his priest, and he was in the house of Mikah.
And Mikah said, 'Now I know that YHWH does good to me, since I have a Lewite as priest!'