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is an appropriate analogy for Yahweh's discipline (3:11-12). Anything less is a sign of "hatred" (hxnW).48 Love

ought not be hidden (27:5). It far outweighs any practical concerns such as a well-supplied table.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:17

Motives for Wise Responses to the Enemy

The motives which undergird the responses to the enemy are quite numerous. Sometimes they seem to be capable of almost infinite variety. Rather than trying to examine each of the multitude of possible reasons, however, it is perhaps more productive to direct attention to a more limited number which appear to be most important.

Self-destruction. A prime motive for rejecting all patterns of conduct which are characteristic of enemies is that they are self-destructive.

The wicked is overthrown through his evil-doing, but the righteous finds refuge through his integrity. Proverbs 14:32(RSV)49

In view of the conviction that these folk and their behavior are self-destructive, it is scarcely surprising that wise

48 Failure to discipline is said to be "hating" (xnW)

in 13:24.

49

Cf. 6:32; 11:3, 5, 6, 27; 12:13, 26; 15:27; 18:7;

21:6,

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