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Meaning: nothingness; vanity

  1. Hosea speaks of the “high places of Aven” (10:8), by which he means Bethel. He also calls it Beth-aven, i.e., “the house of vanity” (4:15), because of the golden calves Jeroboam had set up there (1 Kings 12:28).

  2. Translated by the Septuagint “On” in Ezek. 30:17. The Egyptian Heliopolis or city of On.

  3. In Amos 1:5 it denotes the Syrian Heliopolis, the modern Baalbec.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, Edited by: Paul S. Taylor.