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out of place for Wisdom, but it is not anything like a dominant trait of her disposition. Her behavior towards humanity is fundamentally one of primeval delight (8:31). Her ultimate threat lies not so much in her hatred of evil, but rather in the fact that her appearance places one in a life and death context (8:36-36). Such a crisis is always fraught with danger.

Yahweh as well assumes the hostile stance of hatred toward the traditional enemies.

There are six things which Yahweh hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

The second line of this numerical saying leads to the inclusion oil the HVHY tbfvt sayings29 as expressions

of Yahweh's animosity. An examination of the objects of Yahweh's abomination reveals that they are figures who fall

most naturally into the fwr-group of enemy figures.30

Clearly the Myfwr are in fundamental contradiction to any healthy relationship to Yahweh. It is also noteworthy

29 3:32; 11:1, 20; 12:22; 15:8, 9, 26; 16:5; 17:15; 20:10, 23.

30 Possible exceptions would be the false weights and measures in 20:10, 23, although presumably weights and measures don't cheat people, people do.


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