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(Mvty),137

"dying" (Mytm),138

and "wounded"

(llH).139

For the most part, the various synonyms for the wicked present the same picture noted in Proverbs. There are, however, new developments. Bildad offers Job the assurance that "the tent of the wicked will be no more" (8:22b) which is a quite traditional affirmation. Atypical of this kind

of affirmation is the use of xnvW (hater) in the parallel stich (8:22a).

Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more. Job 8:22

This is the first example in wisdom literature of an apparent identification between the hater (xnvW) of

the byvx-group and the wicked.

A second synonym which represents something hitherto unspoken in the wisdom literature is the socioeconomic

identification of the wicked as "nobility" (bydn).140 Related to this is the antinomy between the wicked and the

137

24:3.

138

24:12, revocalizing with BHS to My it em

139

24:12.

140

21:28; 34:18; cf. also jlm, rw, fvw and

rybx in 34:18, 19, 20.

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