but the upright are in his confidence. Yahweh's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the abode of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.
Proverbs 3:29-351 Such prohibitions, although more frequent in the instructions, are also evident in the meshalim. Proverbs
27:10 admonishes not to "forsake" (bzf) one's friend or
the friend of one's father, while elsewhere "slander" (Nwl , hi.) is prohibited (30:10). Apart from straight-
forward prohibition the sentence literature expresses aversion to enemy behavior with "not good" sayings.
It is not good (bvF-xl) to be partial
to a wicked man, or to deprive a righteous man of justice. Proverbs 18:5
Partiality in judging is not good (bvF-xl). Proverbs 24:23b
The implication of these sayings is, of course, that such "not good" things fall outside an acceptable pattern of life.
This kind of attitude toward patterns of behavior which are characteristic of enemies has interesting consequences.
1 Cf.110; 4:14-15; 22:22; 24:15, 17, 28-29 for other prohibitions against enemy behavior in the instructions. Prov. 24:28-29 falls in the "appendix" which has been added to the large instruction of 22:17-24:22. Most of this "appendix" (vv. 23-34) is not properly instruction, but vv. 27-29 are; cf. W. McKane, Proverbs: A New Approach (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970), p. 572.