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that never do any of the traditional foolish characters became objects of Yahweh's abomination.

The climactic seventh member of the numerical saying above, however, is not a member of the fwr-group. The

"man who saws discord among brothers" would more likely belong to the friends and kinfolk group of enemies. He is reserved to the final and most emphatic position in this numerical saying. Evidently, he is the object of Yahweh's hatred-abomination par excellence.

Proverbs 3:33-34 also presents Yahweh acting in a dangerous fashion. He has a curse and he scorns. The most interesting factor in this passage is verse 34a, "toward the scorners he is scornful."31 The scorners (Mycl) here are

better associated with the traditional fwr-group of

enemies than with the derivative and non-traditional group of foolish characters. The reason for this preference is that the other negative characters in the context belong to the fwr-group.32

31 On the problems of rendering MT see McKane, pp. 215, 302; Scott, p. 46; Oesterley, p. 28; Toy, pp. 81, 83; Gemser, p. 24; Ringgren, p. 23. Whatever solution is adopted the reciprocity of hostility between Yahweh and the scorners is maintained.

Cf. smH wyx in v. 31a; zvln, in 32a; fwr in 33a. Only in v. 35 are the MymkH and the Mylysk 32

encountered. The sudden appearance of the wise and the fools in v. 35 and the disappearance of Yahweh as the subject raises the suspicion that this "tag" has been placed here to round off the instruction (vv. 21-35) with a specifically wisdom sound.

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