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1厄弗辣因山地有一個人,名叫米加,1A man named Micah lived in the mountains of Ephraim. One day
2他對自己的母親說:「有人拿去你那一千一百銀錢,對這事你曾起過誓,我也親自聽見你說:我要親手把這項銀錢奉獻給上主,為我兒做一尊神像。看,銀錢在這裡,是我拿了;如今還給你!」他的母親就說:「願我兒蒙上主祝福!」於是米加就把一千一百銀錢還給他的母親。2he said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver taken from you and about which you uttered a curse, well, it was I who took that silver. And now, I return it to you."
3當他把銀錢還給他的母親以後,他的母親便拿出兩百銀子給了銀匠,請他製造一尊神像,安放在米加的家裡。3His mother answered, "May Yahweh bless my son!" So he returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother. But his mother said to him, "I had consecrated this money to Yahweh with my own hand, so that with this money, my son could make a statue cast in metal. So I am giving this silver back to you."
4於是米加為這尊神像蓋了一座神廟,又做了『厄弗得』和『忒辣芬』,委派自己的一個兒子充任司祭。4He, however, returned the silver to his mother who set aside two hundred pieces for the silversmith, who made a statue cast in metal.
5當時在以色列沒有君王,各人任意行事。5This was placed in the house of Micah, so that Micah had a house of God. He also made an ephod to consult Yahweh as they cast lots, and some small idols, and consecrated also one of his sons as his priest.
6當時有一個少年,他是個肋未人,從猶大白冷,即從猶大支派來到那裡作客。6At that time, there was no king in Israel and each one did what seemed right to him.
7這人離開猶大白冷,想找一個可寄居的地方;當他旅行的時候,來到厄弗辣因山地,米加的家旁,7A young Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, a descendant of Moses who lived there as a foreigner,
8米加問他說:「你從那裡來?」他回答說:「我是個肋未人,由猶大白冷來,想找一個可寄居的地方。」8left Bethlehem one day and set out to see where he could live as a guest. He came to the house of Micah in the mountains of Ephraim,
9米加就對他說:「你住在我這裡罷!作我的師傅和司祭,我每年給你十塊銀錢,還照管你的吃穿。」米加挽留那肋未人,9and Micah asked him, "Where do you come from?" He answered, "I am a Levite and I have come walking from Bethlehem; I am in search of a place where I can stay as a guest."
10他遂同意住在米加那裡,他看待這少年好似自己的兒子。10Micah said to him, "Stay in my house and be a father and priest to me; I shall give you ten pieces of silver a year, clothing and food." So the Levite went in to his house.
11米加又委任了這肋未人,這人遂作了他的司祭,住在米加家中。11The Levite agreed to stay in Micah's house and became like one of his sons.
12於是米加說:「如今我知道上主必施恩予我,因為有位肋未人作了我的司祭。」12Micah consecrated the Levite, and this young man became his priest and remained in the house of Micah.
13 13And Micah said, "Now I know that Yahweh will bestow favors on me for this Levite has become my priest."
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