Aven (Bethel)

Aven (Bethel) and surrounding area

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Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed. The thorn and the thistle will come up on their altars. They will tell the mountains, "Cover us!" and the hills, "Fall on us!"

a'-ven 'awen "emptiness," "vanity": Used in Ezekiel 30:17 for On or Heliopolis, in Egypt. See ON. As a term of contempt Hosea calls Beth-el "Beth-aven" (4:15; 10:5). So Amos speaks of some valley near Damascus as "the valley of Aven" (that is, of the idol, 1:5), in which Baalbek (Heliopolis) was situated. The word is rendered "idol" in Isaiah 66:3.

A'VEN in Ezekiel 30:17 is the same as ON in Egypt.
Strong's Hebrew
H206: Aven

"wickedness," a contemptuous synonym for two places

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