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Finally, among these non-personal realities is one which is certainly a good thing to do and which also acts in a warlike fashion, almsgiving.

Store up almsgiving in your treasury, and it will rescue you from all affliction; more than a mighty shield and more than a heavy spear, it will fight on your behalf against your enemy. Sirach 29:12-13

Fools and Sages as Enemies

Various kinds of fools have already been revealed as derivative enemies in Proverbs while even earlier in this investigation Sirach's identification of the "hateful man" (mishtoj anqrwpoj) with the "fool" (afrwn) was

encountered.86 It is, therefore, scarcely surprising to find various terms for fools appearing as subjects of enemy behavior.87 The most instructive of these appearances shows that although the fool is familiar with doxological tradi- tions of scripture, he draws faulty conclusions from them.

Do not say, "I shall be hidden from the Lord, and who from on high will remember me? Among so many people I shall not be known, for what is my soul in the boundless creation? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven, the abyss and the earth, will tremble at his visitation.

86 87 12:14-15. Mwroj in 18:18; 20:16; cf. 27:13; tolmhroj in 8:5; elattoumenoj kardi%, afrwn and planwmenoj in 16:23; cf. also upolhmyij in 3:24.

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