pose. Her threats to assume an enemy stance toward the "simple" are obviously intended to persuade them to pay attention to her.21 She does not desire the death of anyone, but her appearance does place people in the position of "finding life" (MyyH-xcm) or "loving death" can (bhx
tvm).22 The only life-securing action possible in her
presence is to "listen" to her (2:33). Fear Yahweh. Twice the instruction is given to "fear" (xry) Yahweh or God in an imperative form.23 This is the
only response possible in coping with the terrors which may arise from God himself, but it also has other life-securing consequences.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear Yahweh, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
Otherwise the phenomenon of "fearing Yahweh" appears in the nominal construction "the fear of Yahweh" (txry
hvhy).24 The fear of Yahweh is described as a "fountain
of life" (MyyH rvqm) which enables people to avoid the
21 Prov. 1:26-28; see the discussion on "Wisdom and Yahweh as Enemies" in Chapter 3. 8:35-36. 22 23 24 3:7 reads hvhy; 24:21 reads Myhlx. The expression appears in Proverbs at 1:7, 29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26, 27; 15:16, 33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17.