The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Tanach:|
Judges 17: 5 And the man Micah had a house of God, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
Judges 17: 6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17: 7 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem in Judah--in the family of Judah--who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
Judges 17: 8 And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem in Judah, to sojourn where he could find a place; and he came to the hill-country of Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
Judges 17: 9 And Micah said unto him: 'Whence comest thou?' And he said unto him: 'I am a Levite of Beth-lehem in Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.'
Judges 17: 10 And Micah said unto him: 'Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten pieces of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals.' So the Levite went in.
Judges 17: 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
Judges 17: 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
Judges 17: 13 Then said Micah: 'Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite as my priest.'