also ignored the Creator of the instructive cosmos. Idolatry was the height of folly for it signified a con- fusion between creation and Creator. Whoever was an idolater was easily identified as a fool.
Perhaps the most surprising factor in this connection is the non-identity between the opponents of the wicked, the righteous, and the wise. It would seem an easy step to equate the wise with the righteous once the equivalence of wicked and fool had been established. There are, however, only a handful of occasions where a move toward such an equivalence may be observed. While the correspondence between wicked and fool grew quite strong, a correspondence between righteous and wise was only occasional and tenuous.