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1厄弗辣因山地有一个人,名叫米加,1A man named Micah lived in the mountains of Ephraim. One day
2他对自己的母亲说:「有人拿去你那一千一百银钱,对这事你曾起过誓,我也亲自听见你说:我要亲手把这项银钱奉献给上主,为我儿做一尊神像。看,银钱在这里,是我拿了;如今还给你!」他的母亲就说:「愿我儿蒙上主祝福!」于是米加就把一千一百银钱还给他的母亲。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当他把银钱还给他的母亲以后,他的母亲便拿出两百银子给了银匠,请他制造一尊神像,安放在米加的家里。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于是米加为这尊神像盖了一座神庙,又做了『厄弗得』和『忒辣芬』,委派自己的一个儿子充任司祭。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当时在以色列没有君王,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当时有一个少年,他是个肋未人,从犹大白冷,即从犹大支派来到那里作客。6At that time, there was no king in Israel and each one did what seemed right to him.
7这人离开犹大白冷,想找一个可寄居的地方;当他旅行的时候,来到厄弗辣因山地,米加的家旁,7A young Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, a descendant of Moses who lived there as a foreigner,
8米加问他说:「你从那里来?」他回答说:「我是个肋未人,由犹大白冷来,想找一个可寄居的地方。」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米加就对他说:「你住在我这里罢!作我的师傅和司祭,我每年给你十块银钱,还照管你的吃穿。」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里,他看待这少年好似自己的儿子。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米加又委任了这肋未人,这人遂作了他的司祭,住在米加家中。11The Levite agreed to stay in Micah's house and became like one of his sons.
12于是米加说:「如今我知道上主必施恩予我,因为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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