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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Aven

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ā´ven און , 'āwen "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" ( Hosea 4:15; Hosea 10:5 ). So Amos speaks of some valley near Damascus as "the valley of Aven" (that is, of the idol, Amos 1:5 ), in which Baalbek (Heliopolis) was situated. The word is rendered "idol" in Isaiah 66:3 .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Aven'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/aven.html. 1915.

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