1. Judges 17:5 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What were the “household gods”?

Judges 17:5 (ESV)

5 And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.

The “household gods” that Micah made were small objects also used for seeking the will of the Lord (Genesis 31:19; Ezekiel 21:21; Zechariah 10:2). Their exact form is unknown. But they can be viewed as something of a challenge to the legitimate high priest’s work with the Urim and the Thummin.