This verse is expressive of an intrinsic reciprocity of hostility between Yahweh and the scorners. The reciprocity
is emphasized by the use of cognates (Cyly Mycll ).
A similar formulation of this reciprocity appears in Proverbs 22:22-23.
Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate; for Yahweh will plead their cause
and despoil the life of those who
despoil them. :wpn Mhyfbvq-tx fbqv
Such a reciprocal formulation is not limited to Proverbs. It appears also in the royal thanksgiving song of Psalm 18.
With the loyal you show yourself loyal; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the pure you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
dsHtt dysH-Mf :Mmtt Mymt rbg-Mf hrbtt rbn-Mf
:ltptt qwf-Mfv Psalm 18:26-27
Based on the appearance of such a motif in both wisdom and a piece such as Psalm 18 it is obvious that this idea is not a sole possession of wisdom thought. It is unlikely that there is some kind of ideological borrowing by one sphere of Israelite life from another. Most likely, this idea of intrinsic reciprocity in Yahweh's relations to people is