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the practice of bringing the enemies and their attacks before the face of Yahweh and the conviction that such a practice was effective, the sages could not have been secure enough to offer counsel against vengeance and for compas- sionate aid, patience and forgiveness toward the enemy. Ultimately, trust in Yahweh led to a renunciation of venge- ance and cursing. With that avenue closed, the way to reconciliation was opened ever mere broadly until one should come who was "greater than Solomon" (Matt. 12:42). His prayer would be, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). His witnesses would learn to pray, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:59).

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