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The byvx-Group

Once again the predominant Greek word from this category is exqroj ("enemy").258 Associated with this,

designation is found the "oppressor" (qlibwn),259 "over- powering ones" (katisxuontwn),260 the "foe" (polemioj),261 the "rage" (qumoj)262 and the "opponent" (upenantioj).263

Most often these designations refer to Israel's historical enemies, known from scripture, who were "most foolish, and more miserable than an infant" (15:14). For Wisdom the cardinal enemy in Israel's history is certainly Egypt.264 Other historical enemies mentioned are the enemies of Jacob,265 the Canaanites266 and perhaps Amalek.267 Once, referring to the fiery serpents in the wilderness, the rage

258 5:17; 10:12, 19; 11:3, 5; 12:20, 22; 15:14; 16:4, 8, 22; 18:5, 7, 10. 5:1; 10:15. 10:11. 11:3. 16:5; 18:21; 19:1. 11:8; 18:8. 10:15-21; 11:5-14; 15:18-16:22; 18:5-19; undoubtedly, this preoccupation with the Egyptians is due to the author's Alexandrian setting. 10:9-12. 12:3-22. 11:5. 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267

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