17:4 When he gave the silver back to his mother, she 1 took two hundred pieces of silver 2 to a silversmith, who made them into a carved image and a metal image. She then put them in Micah’s house. 3 17:5 Now this man Micah owned a shrine. 4 He made an ephod 5 and some personal idols and hired one of his sons to serve as a priest. 6 17:6 In those days Israel had no king. Each man did what he considered to be right. 7
1 tn Heb “his mother.” The pronoun (“she”) has been substituted for the noun (“mother”) in the translation because of English style.
2 tn The Hebrew text has “and gave it.” The referent (the pieces of silver) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Heb “and it was in Micah’s house.”
4 tn Heb “house of God.”
6 tn Heb “and he filled the hand of one of his sons and he became his priest.”
7 tn Heb “Each was doing what was right in his [own] eyes.”