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expressions appear: "good men" (MybvF),16

"faithful"

(Mynvmx ),17 "those who keep instruction"

(hrvt-yrmvw),18 the "blameless" (Mymt),19 the

"upright" (Myrwy),20 and, most often, the "righteous"

(Myqydc).21 It is interesting that the wise do not appear

as antonyms of the wicked, nor do any fools appear as synonyms.

The religion of the wicked. Insofar as the righteous are those who stand in a sound, healthy, proper relationship to Yahweh,22 the wicked are those who stand outside a viable relationship to Yahweh. The righteous are those who are declared righteous, while the wicked are those declared

16

2:20; 14:19.

17

13:17.

18

28:4.

19

2:21; 11:5.

20

2:21; 11:11; 12:6; 14:11; 15:8; 21:18,29; 29:27

(jrd-rwy).

21 2:20; 3:33; 10:3, 6, 7, 11, 16, 20, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32; 11:8, 10, 23, 31; 12:5, 7, 10, 12, 21, 26; 13:5, 9, 25; 14:19, 32; 15:6, 28, 29; 17:15; 18:5; 21:12, 18; 24:15, 16; 25:26; 28:1, 12, 28; 29:2, 7, 16, 27.

22 B. Kovacs, Sociological-Structural Constraints upla Wisdom: The Spatial and Temporal Matrix of Proverbs 15:28- 22:16 (Ph.d. Dissertation, Vanderbelt University, 1978), pp. 383, 399, 402.

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