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the deed for him. Elsewhere, the observation is made that

When a man's ways please Yahweh, he makes even his enemies to be

at peace (Mlw) with him. Proverbs 16:7

Ultimately, Yahweh makes peace for a man with his enemies.46 This constitutes the completion of considerate and helpful, loving, treatment of enemies

Although Proverbs 25:21-22 does not say to "love" the enemy it is surely an example of a concrete form which love for the enemy could take. In other places Proverbs speaks

of love (hbhx) as the kind of behavior which would issue

in reconciliation and peace. It “covers (hsk) all

offenses (Myfwp)” while "hatred" (hxnW), a dispo-

sition of enemies, "stirs up strife" (10:12). He who forgives an offense (fwp--hskm)

seeks love, but he who repeat a matter alienates

a friend (Jvlx) Proverbs 17:9

Within the home (and enemies may also be present there) love is the ruling attitude. Childrearing requires the attitude of love if the children are to receive proper

"discipline" (rsvm).47 Such loving parental discipline

46 The subject of Mlwy is admittedly ambiguous; it could be either Yahweh (so Toy, p. 322) or wyx (so McKane,

p. 491; Gemser, p. 54; Ringgren, p. 68). The interpretation above agrees with Toy. 13:24. 47

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