Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,(A) which is near Beth Aven(B) to the east of Bethel,(C) and told them, “Go up and spy out(D) the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

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15 “Though you, Israel, commit adultery,
    do not let Judah become guilty.

“Do not go to Gilgal;(A)
    do not go up to Beth Aven.[a](B)
    And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 4:15 Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).

The people who live in Samaria fear
    for the calf-idol(A) of Beth Aven.[a](B)
Its people will mourn over it,
    and so will its idolatrous priests,(C)
those who had rejoiced over its splendor,
    because it is taken from them into exile.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 10:5 Beth Aven means house of wickedness (a derogatory name for Bethel, which means house of God).

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