New Living Translation
"Be quiet and come with us," they said. "Be a father and priest to all of us. Isn't it better to be a priest for an entire tribe and clan of Israel than for the household of just one man?"
King James Bible
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?
Darby Bible Translation
And they said to him, "Keep quiet, put your hand upon your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and family in Israel?"
World English Bible
They said to him, "Hold your peace, put your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
Young's Literal Translation
and they say to him, 'Keep silent, lay thy hand on thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us for a father and for a priest: is it better thy being a priest to the house of one man, or thy being priest to a tribe and to a family in Israel?'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
18:19 Lay thy hand - That is, be silent. A family - Namely, a tribe, that is, a family.
"Stay here with me," Micah said, "and you can be a father and priest to me. I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, plus a change of clothes and your food."
When the priest saw the men carrying all the sacred objects out of Micah's shrine, he said, "What are you doing?"
The young priest was quite happy to go with them, so he took along the sacred ephod, the household idols, and the carved image.
Look at me and be stunned. Put your hand over your mouth in shock.
The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths.
"I am nothing--how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand.
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