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Dommer 17

Mikas afgudsbilleder

1I Efraims højland boede der en mand ved navn Mika. En dag sagde han til sin mor: „Jeg hørte, hvordan du forbandede den tyv, der stjal 1100 sølvstykker fra dig. Her er de. Det var mig, der tog dem!” „Må Herren velsigne dig, fordi du sagde det, min søn,” svarede moderen. Så gav Mika pengene tilbage til hende.

Da sagde moderen: „De her sølvstykker vil jeg indvi til Herren. Jeg vil få lavet et afgudsbillede af dem og en støbt statuette, som du skal have, min søn.”

Så tog hun 200 sølvstykker og gav dem til sølvsmeden, som lavede et gudebillede og en gudestatuette. Da de var færdige, blev de overdraget til Mika. Han fik lavet et gudehus til sine afgudsbilleder. Han lavede også nogle små husguder af træ og en efod, hvorefter han indviede en af sine sønner til at være præst. På den tid var der ingen konge i Israel, og folk gjorde, hvad de fandt for godt.

7-8 En dag kom en ung levit til Mikas hus i Efraims højland. Han havde boet som fremmed i Betlehem i Judastammens område og var nu på udkig efter et nyt sted at slå sig ned.

„Hvor kommer du fra?” spurgte Mika. „Jeg er levit og kommer fra Betlehem i Juda,” svarede den unge mand. „Jeg er ved at se mig om efter et nyt sted at bo.” 10 „Hvis du vil blive her, kan du blive vejleder og præst hos mig,” foreslog Mika. „Jeg vil give dig ti sølvstykker om året plus tøj og kost og logi.”

11 Den unge mand tog imod tilbuddet og boede derefter hos Mika, der behandlede ham som sin egen søn. 12 Desuden indsatte Mika ham til at være sin personlige præst. 13 „Nu er jeg sikker på, at Herren vil velsigne mig!” udbrød Mika. „For jeg har jo en rigtig levit som præst ved mit gudehus!”

New International Version

Judges 17

Micah’s Idols

1Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.”

Then his mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son!”

When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.”

So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels[b] of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house.

Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest. In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way[c] he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.

Micah asked him, “Where are you from?”

“I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels[d] of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12 Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13 And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”

Notas al pie

  1. Judges 17:2 That is, about 28 pounds or about 13 kilograms
  2. Judges 17:4 That is, about 5 pounds or about 2.3 kilograms
  3. Judges 17:8 Or To carry on his profession
  4. Judges 17:10 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams