The people who live in the city of Samaria will be afraid and will mourn the loss of the gold bull a at Bethaven. b They and the priests who serve the idol will weep over it. They will wail when it is stripped of its golden splendor.
[Some ancient translations] bull; [Hebrew] cows.
bethaven: [This name means "house of evil" or "house of idolatry" and in this passage refers to the city of Bethel, a name which means "house of God." In verse 8, Bethaven is called Aven. See also 4.15 and 5.8.]