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lvf),120 the "ruthless" (Cyrf),121 the "workers of

iniquity" (Nvx-ylfvp) ,122 and the "evildoers"

(Myfrm).123 Standing in opposition to the wicked are

the "blameless" (Mt).124

The nature of the forms in Job allows further observa- tions which confirm the religious content of this desig- nation. Whereas in Proverbs (at least in 10:1-22:16 where the Myfwr are most prominent) the context is limited to

short sayings, in Job there are speeches. Thus, it often occurs that a major portion of a speech begins by mentioning a group under one designation and concludes by referring to the same group under another, but essentially synonymous, designation.125 Such formal considerations require

120 121

16:11; 27:7; cf. 18:21; 31:3. 15 :20 ; 27:13; cf. 6:23 where Cyrf is parallel to

rc.

122 123 124 125 34:8; cf. 31:3; 34:22. 8:20. 8:20; 9:22. For example, 8:11-22, which begins with rhetorical questions concerning a well-known plant image (cf. Psalm 1; Jer. 17:5-8) and concludes with an assurance to the blame- less and promise of destruction to the wicked; 15:(17-19) 20-35 which begins with the designations "wicked" and

"ruthless" (fwr // Cyrf ) and concludes with "company of the godless," and "tents of bribery" (JnH tdf //

dHvw-ylhx); 18:5-21 beginning with the wicked and ending with the "unjust" and "he who does not know God" (lvf // lx-fdy-xl).

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