Judges 17:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 17:9, NIV: Micah asked him, 'Where are you from?' 'I'm a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,' he said, 'and I'm looking for a place to stay.'

Judges 17:9, ESV: And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.”

Judges 17:9, KJV: 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.

Judges 17:9, NASB: Micah said to him, 'Where do you come from?' And he said to him, 'I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to stay wherever I may find a place.'

Judges 17:9, NLT: 'Where are you from?' Micah asked him. He replied, 'I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am looking for a place to live.'

Judges 17:9, CSB: "Where do you come from? " Micah asked him.He answered him, "I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I'm going to stay wherever I can find a place."

What does Judges 17:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A young Levite is wandering the land of Israel, looking for a place to settle (Judges 17:7–8). Because of his tribe, this young man could have been assigned to priestly service to Yahweh in Shiloh. He could have been living in any of the designated Levite cities throughout Israel (Joshua 21). Or, more ambiguously, the law allowed for Levites to settle wherever the Lord led them (Deuteronomy 18:6–8).

This man seems to be still seeking that place. His wandering has brought him to the hill country of Ephraim. There, he comes across the home of Micah (Judges 17:1–5). This was the family introduced in the earlier passage, who managed to break most of the Ten Commandments in short order. Micah asks where the young man is from. He answers that he is unattached, unemployed, and seeking a new place to settle.