Beth-aven (Beth-ay´vuhn)

1 A location near Ai (Josh 7:2). 2 A regional designation for the northwest corner of land allotted to Benjamin (Josh 18:12). (1Sam 13:5) places it west of Michmash, and (1Sam 14:23) states that Saul’s conflict with the Philistines moved “beyond,” into Ephraimite territory. The prophet Hosea warns against visiting there as a possible idolatrous act (Hos 4:15), considers it a site for issuing public warnings (Hos 5:8), and associates an idolatrous calf (calves) with it (Hos 10:5), the latter a possible designation of Bethel and its shrine.

Josh 7:2

2Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out ... View more

Josh 18:12

12On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan; then the boundary goes up to the slope of Jericho on the north, then up through the hill country westwar ... View more

1Sam 13:5

5The Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude; they ... View more

1Sam 14:23

23So the Lord gave Israel the victory that day.
The battle passed beyond Beth-aven, and the troops with Saul numbered altogether about ten thousand men. The bat ... View more

Hos 4:15

15Though you play the whore, O Israel,
do not let Judah become guilty.
Do not enter into Gilgal,
or go up to Beth-aven,
and do not swear, “As the Lord lives.”

Hos 5:8

8Blow the horn in Gibeah,
the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;
look behind you, Benjamin!

Hos 10:5

5The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
for the calf of Beth-aven.
Its people shall mourn for it,
and its idolatrous priests shall wail over it,
over its glory that ... View more

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