Chiun: Occurs only in
(Amos 5:26) (R.V. marg., "shrine"). The LXX. translated
the word by Rhephan, which became corrupted into Remphan, as used by
(Acts 7:43) but R.V., "Rephan"). Probably the planet Saturn is
intended by the name. Astrologers represented this planet as baleful
in its influences, and hence the Phoenicians offered to it human
sacrifices, especially children.