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work in conjunction with the "flattering mouth" (qlH-hp) for the ruin of its hated victims.56

A few other designations which belong most appropri- ately in the fwr-group seem to have little, if anything,

to do with worship, speech or the judicial setting. Two sayings are interesting in that they are naming formulae:

The haughty, arrogant man--"scoffer" is his name-- who acts with overreaching pride. Proverbs 21:24

Whoever plans to do evil, to him they shall call, "Lord of devices!" Proverbs 24:8

The proud and overbearing (Myxg) also belong to the

fwr—group. Proverbs 15:25 gives little indication as to

their identity apart from the contrast with the widow whose boundaries Yahweh protects. The term seems to be used with somewhat greater clarity in Proverbs 16:19 where it may refer to victorious warriors who "divide spoil."57

The final member of this group of enemies is one who

oppresses (qwvf) the poor.58 Of course, there always

exists the danger that members of the social strata above the poor will take advantage of them in innumerable ways

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26:28.

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0n llw qlH cf. Gen. 49:27; Exod. 15:9; Judg.

5:30; Isa. 9:2; 53:12; Psalm 68:13; BDB, p. 323; KBL, p. 305f. Prov. 14:31; 22:16; 28:3. 58

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