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A town mentioned only once in the Bible, in an oracle of Micah (Mic 1:10). There is almost certainly wordplay present in Micah’s oracle, since he calls the inhabitants to “roll in the dust,” and “Beth-Le-Aphrah” generally means “house of dust.”
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BETH-LE-APHRAH (PLACE) [Heb bêt lĕʿaprâ (בֵּית לְעַפְרָה)]. A town, otherwise unknown, mentioned only in Mic 1:10 within a paronomastic dirge lamenting the fall of the Shephelah cities, which formed the military bulwark for Jerusalem. Through a pun on the following Hebrew word, ʿapar, ‘dust,’ the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beth-le-aphrah. Town mentioned by the prophet Micah. Beth-le-aphrah (kjv house of Aphrah) means “house of dust,” so Micah made a sarcastic pun by telling its idolatrous inhabitants to “roll yourselves in the dust” (Mi 1:10). Its location is unknown.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beth-Le-Aphrah (Heb. bêṯ lĕʿap̱râ)A small town in Judah (“house of vigor” or “house of the fawn”). The prophet Micah made a wordplay in his prophecy of doom against the southern kingdom by mockingly referring to the city as a “house of dust” (Mic. 1:10). Located E of Lachich and S of Jerusalem,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beth-Le-Aphrah [bĕth lĭ ăfˊrə]. A city mentioned at Mic. 1:10 (KJV “house of Aphrah”; NIV “Beth Ophrah”) in a play on words: “in Beth-leaphrah [Heb. bêṯ le˓ap̱râ “house of dust”] roll yourselves in the dust.” It is not unlikely that the Arabs changed the name of this city (which to them sounded
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary