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Judges chapter 17

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And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
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And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.
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And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
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Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.
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And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
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In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
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And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
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And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
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And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
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And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.
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And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
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And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
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Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Judges chapter 18

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In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
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And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
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When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?
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And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.
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And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.
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And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.
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Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.
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And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?
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And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.
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When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.
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And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.
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And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.
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And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah.
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Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do.
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And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.
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And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.
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And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.
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And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
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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?
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And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.
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So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.
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And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.
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And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company?
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And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?
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And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
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And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.
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And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
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And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.
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And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.
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And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
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And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

Acts chapter 22

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Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
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And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
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I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
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And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
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As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
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And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
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And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
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And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
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And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
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And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
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And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
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And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
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Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
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And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
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For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
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And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
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And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
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And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
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And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
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And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
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And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
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And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.
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And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
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The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.
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And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
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When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
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Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
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And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
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Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
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On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.