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and whose princes feast in the time,172 for revelry.

for strength and not

Woe to you, 0 land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, 0 land, when your king is the son of free men, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness. Qoheleth 10:16-17

These aristocrats, king and prince, could be friend or foe.

The Animals Group

Only once does Qoheleth refer to animals which are used as metaphors for hostile figures. Qoheleth 9:4 mentions the living dog and dead lion as literal animals in a "better than" saying which may intend to undergird his preference of life over death, even a life of vanity. After all, he argues, "a living dog is better than a dead lion."

Sirach A kindred spirit to those whose legacy is found in Proverbs is encountered in Sirach. The formal considera- tions noticed in Proverbs are more appropriate here than anywhere else in the wisdom literature. In fact, the same two distinctions, short independent sayings and longer didactic compositions, which are found in Proverbs are also

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Cf. 3:1-9.

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