1以法莲山区住了一个名叫米迦的人。 2他对母亲说：“你那一千一百块银子丢了，我还听见你咒诅小偷。看啊，银子在我这里，是我拿去的。”他母亲说：“我儿啊，愿耶和华赐福给你！” 3米迦把一千一百块银子还给母亲。他母亲说：“我要为你把这些银子献给耶和华，用来雕刻、铸造神像。现在这银子还是你的。” 4米迦把银子还给母亲后，他母亲拿出二百块银子交给银匠雕刻、铸造神像，放在米迦的房子里。 5米迦有一个神庙，他制造了一件以弗得和一些家庭神像，并指派他的一个儿子做祭司。 6那时，以色列没有王，人人各行其是。
7犹大的伯利恒住着一个年轻的利未人。 8他离开伯利恒想到别的地方居住，一路走到以法莲山区米迦的家。 9米迦问他：“你从哪里来？”他回答说：“我是从犹大伯利恒来的利未人，我要找一个住的地方。” 10米迦说：“你就住在我这里吧，做我的师父和祭司。我每年给你十块银子，还为你提供衣服和膳食。”利未人就进了米迦的家， 11住了下来。米迦待他就像待自己的儿子一样。 12这样，米迦派他做祭司，让他住在自己家里。 13米迦说：“现在我有一个利未人做我的祭司，耶和华一定会赐福给我。”
1Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim 2said to his mother, ‘The eleven hundred shekels17:2 That is, about 13 kilograms 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!’
3When 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.’
4So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels17:4 That is, about 2.3 kilograms of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house.
5Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest. 6In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
7A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, 8left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way17:8 Or To carry on his profession he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.
9Micah 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.’
10Then Micah said to him, ‘Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels17:10 That is, about 115 grams of silver a year, your clothes and your food.’ 11So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13And Micah said, ‘Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.’