1. Judges 17:3 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What should Micah have done in addition to his return of the silver?

Judges 17:3 (ESV)

3 And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.”

According to Leviticus 6:1–7, Micah should have done two more things after returning the silver: 1) add twenty percent interest of the amount he stole and also give that to his mother; 2) sacrifice a guilt offering through the priest, as atonement for his sin. Micah does nothing of the sort. He does not truly repent. He gives no recognition of the law of God. Instead, he does what is right in his own eyes.1 He simply fears the curse.