Judges 17:13
New International Version
And Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest."

New Living Translation
“I know the LORD will bless me now,” Micah said, “because I have a Levite serving as my priest.”

English Standard Version
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest.”

King James Bible
Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

New King James Version
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since I have a Levite as priest!”

New American Standard Bible
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as a priest.”

NASB 1995
Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest."

NASB 1977
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest.”

Amplified Bible
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will favor me and make me prosper because I have a Levite as my priest.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest."

American Standard Version
Then said Micah, Now know I that Jehovah will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Mikah said: “Now I know that LORD JEHOVAH will do good to me, for I have a Levite Priest.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Michaias said, Now I know that the Lord will do me good, because a Levite has become my priest.

Contemporary English Version
Micah said, "I have a Levite as my own priest. Now I know that the LORD will be kind to me."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I know God will do me good, since I have a priest of the race of the Levites.

English Revised Version
Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Good News Translation
Micah said, "Now that I have a Levite as my priest, I know that the LORD will make things go well for me."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me. I have a Levite for my priest."

International Standard Version
As for Micah, he kept saying, "Now I know the LORD will make me rich, because I have a descendant of Levi for a priest!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said Micah: 'Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite as my priest.'

Literal Standard Version
and Micah says, “Now I have known that YHWH does good to me, for the Levite has been for a priest to me.”

NET Bible
Micah said, "Now I know God will make me rich, because I have this Levite as my priest."

New Heart English Bible
Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will do good to me, seeing I have a Levite as my priest."

World English Bible
Then Micah said, "Now know I that Yahweh will do good to me, since I have a Levite to my priest."

Young's Literal Translation
and Micah saith, 'Now I have known that Jehovah doth good to me, for the Levite hath been to me for a priest.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Micah's Idolatry
12Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13Then Micah said, “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest.”

Cross References
Judges 17:12
Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house.

Judges 18:1
In those days there was no king in Israel, and the tribe of the Danites was looking for territory to occupy. For up to that time they had not come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.


Treasury of Scripture

Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Isaiah 6:3,4
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory…









(13) That the Lord will do me good.--In this anticipation we find a very little further on that he was rudely undeceived, and we are hardly in a position to know whether it was due to hypocrisy or to mere ignorance. So far as Micah was devout and sincere, we must feel that the Lord did him good by stripping him of his gorgeous instruments of superstition and humbling his pride.

I have a Levite to my priest.--Rather, the Levite. The article may be generic, meaning "one of the Levites;" but Jonathan, as a son of Gershom, has a special right to be called "the Levite," as a representative of the tribe. It is at least doubtful whether the priestly functions expected of him in this instance included sacrifice; but, in any case, Micah could hardly have been entirely unaware that the Levites were incapable of priestly functions ("Seek ye the priesthood also?"--Numbers 16:10), or of the fact that the authorised worship of the nation was to be confined to the place which God should choose, which in this instance was Shiloh. In any case, however, the passage furnishes us with a fresh proof of the utter neglect of the Mosaic law, as represented in the Book of Leviticus, from a very early period. His "house of God" seems to have resembled the high places, which even the faithful kings of Israel were unable or unwilling to clear away. They were ultimately cleared away by Hezekiah, but not without so great a shock to the then established custom, that Rabshakeh actually appeals to the fact in proof of Hezekiah's impiety, and as a sign that he has forfeited the favour of Jehovah (2Kings 18:22).

Verse 13. - Then said Micah, etc. We may notice this incidental proof that the Levites in the time of Micah held the religious position which is ascribed to them in the Pentateuch. I have a Levite. Rather, the Levite, meaning the particular Levite of whom it is the question. A Levite would be without the article, as in ver. 7, or would be expressed as in Judges 19:1 (Hebrews), a man a Levite.





Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then Micah
מִיכָ֔ה (mî·ḵāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4318: Micah -- the name of several Israelites

said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Now
עַתָּ֣ה (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

I know
יָדַ֔עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3045: To know

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

will be good
יֵיטִ֥יב (yê·ṭîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

to me,
לִ֑י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

because
כִּ֧י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

a Levite
הַלֵּוִ֖י (hal·lê·wî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

has become
הָיָה־ (hā·yāh-)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

my priest.”
לְכֹהֵֽן׃ (lə·ḵō·hên)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3548: Priest


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