The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
jdg 17:1And there (a) was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name [was] Micah.
(a) Some think this history was in the time of Othniel, or as Josephus writes, immediately after Joshua.
jdg 17:3And 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 (b) graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
(b) Contrary to the commandment of God and true religion practised under Joshua, they forsook the Lord and fell into idolatry.
jdg 17:5And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an (c) ephod, and (d) teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
(c) He would serve both God and idols.
(d) By Teraphim some understand certain idols, having the likeness of a man, but others understand by it all manner of things and instruments belonging to those who sought an answer at God's hands, as in (Jdg 18:5-6).
jdg 17:6In those days [there was] no (e) king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.
(e) For where there is no Magistrate fearing God, there can be no true religion or order.
jdg 17:7And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah (f) of the family of Judah, who [was] a Levite, and he sojourned there.
(f) Which Bethlehem was in the tribe of Judah.
jdg 17:9And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, (g) I [am] a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find [a place].
(g) For in those days the service of God was corrupt in all estates and the Levites were not looked to.
jdg 17:11And the Levite was (h) content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
(h) Not considering that he forsook the true worship of God to maintain his own belly.
jdg 17:13Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me (i) good, seeing I have a Levite to [my] priest.
(i) Thus the idolaters persuade themselves of God's favour, when indeed he detests them.