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"snares if death" (tvm ywqvm).25 is avoided (16:6).

By it, "evil" (fr)

The fear of Yahweh leads to life; and he who has it rests satisfied;

he will not be visited by harm (fr) Proverbs 19:2326

The prayer of Agur (30:7-9) should also be recalled in connection with people's standing before Yahweh. The burden of the prayer is the possibility that Agur might become one of Yahweh's enemies by stealing and profaning his God's name or by self-assured smugness and denying Yahweh (v. 9). Prayer is the only defense against this enmity toward God which may emerge from within Agur himself.

Love for the Enemy

Explicit instructions to love the enemy do not appear in Proverbs (nor elsewhere in the Old Testament). Proverbs 25:21-22, however, does commend behavior toward the enemy which is best characterized as love.

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and Yahweh will reward (Mlw, pi.) you.

This admonition to come to the aid of one's enemy has received a great deal of attention from commentators,

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14:27; cf. 13:14 where the MkH trvt ("teaching

of the wise") is a "fountain of life." Cf. 10:27. 26

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