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Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. Proverbs 27:22

Apart from the lysk and the lyvx the only other

foolish characters who might be considered enemies are the sluggard (lcf) who is "wiser in his own eyes than seven

men who can answer discreetly" (26:16). Such misguided self-confidence could be dangerous to others, but in the sluggard's case it generally proves to be a danger to himself, not others.25 Occasionally, however, the sluggard does irritate others, "like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes" (10:26). The last foolish enemy is the prac- tical joker who deceives his neighbor:

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!" Proverbs 26:18-19

Righteous Characters as Enemies In a very few instances righteous characters may assume enemy stances. Agur prays,

Two things I ask of thee deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,

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Cf. Prov. 13:4; 15:19; 19:24; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30-34.

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