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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Beth-a’ven

(house of nothingness , i.e. of idols ), a place on the mountains of Benjamin, east of Bethel, (Joshua 7:2; 18:12) and lying between that place and Michmash. (1 Samuel 13:5; 14:28) In (Hosea 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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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Beth-a’ven'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/sbd/view.cgi?number=T717>. 1901.