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beth -ā´ven ( בּית און , bēth 'āwen ; Βαιθών , Baithō̇n , Βαιθαύν , Baithaún ): A place on the northern boundary of the territory of Benjamin (Joshua 18:12 ) East of Bethel, near Ai (Joshua 7:2 ), West of Michmash (1 Samuel 13:5 ; 1 Samuel 14:23 ). Beth-aven, "house of vanity," i.e. "idolatry," may possibly represent an original beth -'on , "house of wealth." Wilson (PEFS , 1869, 126) suggests Khirbet An , West of Michmash. The name is used in mockery for Bethel by Hosea (Hosea 4:15 ; Hosea 10:5 , Hosea 10:8 , etc.; compare Amos 5:5 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Beth-Aven'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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