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Hosea 10:8


The high places of the “House 1  of Wickedness” 2  will be destroyed; it is the place where Israel sins. Thorns and thistles will grow up over its altars. Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!”


De 9:21; 1Ki 12:28-30; 1Ki 13:2; 1Ki 13:34; 1Ki 14:16; 2Ki 23:15; 2Ch 31:1; 2Ch 34:5-7; Isa 2:19; Isa 32:13; Isa 34:13; Ho 4:15; Ho 5:8; Ho 9:6; Ho 10:5; Am 8:14; Mic 1:5,13; Lu 23:30; Re 6:16; Re 9:6

NET © Notes

tn Alternately, “Aven” (KJV, NAB, NRSV, NLT) for the city name “Beth Aven.” The term “Beth” (house) does not appear in the Hebrew text here, but is implied (e.g., Hos 4:15). It is supplied in the translation for clarity.

tc The MT reads בָּמוֹת אָוֶן (bamotaven, “high places of Aven”); however, several Hebrew mss read בָּמוֹת בֵּית אָוֶן (bamot betaven, “high places of Beth Aven”). In Hos 4:15 the name בֵּית אָוֶן (“Beth Aven”; Heb “house of wickedness”) is a wordplay on “Bethel” (Heb “house of God”). It is possible that בָּמוֹת בֵּית אָוֶן (“high places of Beth Aven”) was original: בֵּית (bet, “house”) dropped out as an unintentional scribal error by haplography due to presence of the consonants בת in the preceding word במות (bamot, “high places”).

tn Heb “high places of wickedness” (בָּמוֹת אָוֶן, bamotaven); so NIV. The noun אָוֶן (“wickedness”) is an attributive genitive: “wicked high places.”

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