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("house of nothingness or vanity".) On the mountains of Benjamin, E. of Bethel (Jos 7:2; 18:12), between it and Michmash 1Sa 13:5; 14:23). Near it was the "wilderness," i.e. pasture land of Bethaven (Jos 18:12.) In Ho 4:15; 5:1; 10:5 Bethel, "house of God," is called Bethaven, "house of vanity", because of Jeroboam's golden calf.

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A place or 'wilderness' of Benjamin near Bethel. Jos 7:2; 18:12; 1Sa 13:5; 14:23; Hosea 4. 15; Ho 5:8; 10:5. Though this is said to be on the east of Bethel, in Hosea it would appear to be a name given to Bethel itself as being no longer the 'house of God,' but the 'house of vanity' because of the idols there.

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(house of nothingness, i.e. of idols), a place on the mountains of Benjamin, east of Bethel,

Jos 7:2; 18:12

and lying between that place and Michmash.

1Sa 13:5; 14:28


Ho 4:15; 5:8; 10:5

the name is transferred to the neighboring Bethel, --once the "house of God" but then the house of idols of "naught."

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BETHAVEN, the same with Bethel. This city, upon the revolt of the ten tribes, belonged to the kingdom of Israel, and was therefore one of the cities in which Jeroboam set up his golden calves. Whence the prophet in derision calls it, "Bethaven," the house of vanity or idols, Ho 4:15, instead of "Bethel," the house of God, the name which Jacob formerly gave it, when he had the vision of the mysterious ladder, reaching from earth to heaven, Ge 28:19.

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