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of members of the fwr-group as actors in so many kinds of

enemy behavior is not surprising since they are also the most prominent enemy figures in the book of Proverbs. The other groups of traditional enemies, including derivative, are quite unremarkable in Proverbs since they do not depart from previous lines.

Among the non-traditional enemies found in Proverbs are three distinct groups. Some of the foolish characters of Proverbs pose some of the same dangers that traditional enemies pose. A second group who may share some dispositions with the traditional enemies are the righteous. The third group of characters who may assume an enemy stance is com- prised of the non-human realities Wisdom and Yahweh.

Foolish Characters as Enemies

The author expected the portrayal of various foolish characters portrayed as enemies within the book of Proverbs at the outset of this investigation. The previous chapter revealed, however, that these do not appear together with the traditional designations found in the Psalms. Only when enemy behaviors are examined does it appear that such.

investigation is focused on the enemies themselves and uses enemy behaviors only as indicators of the possible presence of enemies so it has not seemed necessary to treat these subdivisions; they are helpful in some cases, however, to get a feel for how widely (or narrowly) distributed certain enemies are.

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