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Evidently, there are those friends who avoid such entangle- ments with the poor, because they are likely to get too involved and lose their cherished autonomy.90 Of course, it is more difficult for blood relatives to desert their poor kin, but hate is still an option. As noted earlier, the essence of hating is an interior-exterior disparity.91

Another economic context where friends may become enemies devoid is in connection with suretyship. Only a person wholly devoid of sense would continue in a relationship of surety, especially in the presence of a neighbor who could later act as witness to the proceedings.92 At such times the neighbor might as well be a "stranger," one who stood beyond the bounds of the community standards.93

The judicial setting is another area where friends become enemies. After all, the judicial arena is in reality

endeavor. H. Ringgren, Spruche Ubersetzt und Erklart (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1962), p. 77, indi- cates the omission of this line with an ellipsis and a note commenting, "MT: "wer Worten nachjagt, nicht sie, ' ist unverstandlich:" Likewise, Mckane, pp. 240, 52., omits the line.

90 91 Cf. also 14:20; 19:4. Such self-centered behaviors are not always practiced by friends, nor are brothers always of more help than a friend: "There are friends who make themselves out to be friends, but there is a lover who cleaves beyond a brother" (18:24).

92

17:18.

93

6:1; cf. Snijders, p. 84.

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