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the ungodly consider a friend (1:16). The one in question is death (v. 12). The ungodly consider death their friend because the brevity of life seems to recommend sensual pleasure as life's goal (2:6-9). Otherwise, only the friends of God appear; these are created when Wisdom "passes into holy souls" (7:27).

Family members as enemies are named a few times in Wisdom. Once a righteous man fled from a brother's wrath which is an allusion to Jacob's flight from Esau (10:10). The Canaanites are characterized as "parents who murder helpless souls" (12:6) which refers to their practice of child sacrifice and is only one of their hateful practices (12:4).294 Finally, the bereaved father is said to have begun the practice of making and honoring images (14:15). Thus idolatry issued in all of the many evils present in the world (14:21-29).

The Animals Group The only animal enemy known from the Psalms which is also mentioned in Wisdom is the lewn (lion, 11:17). Bold

lions could have been sent against the Egyptians, together with a multitude of bears. Indeed, God could have sent even

294 4:6 also mentions parents, but they are victims of their children who are evil witnesses against them in their examination. These children, however, are of an unlawful sleep. The generations are thus bound up in a reciprocal enmity.

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