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("scoundrel," 11:33),196 loidoroj ("railing," 22:8), para- bainontej ("transgressors," 40:14),197 ubristhj ("insolent," 8:11)198 and uperhfanoj ( "arrogant"

11:30).199

Although designations belonging to this category appear in abundance the sheer number of their usage is not neces- sarily helpful. It is true, of course, that

Good is the opposite of evil, and life the opposite of death; So the sinner is the opposite of the godly. Look upon all the works of the Most High; they are likewise in pairs, one the opposite of the other. Sirach 36(33):14-15

Such statements, however, are of little value in determining who the "sinner" may be,200 though they are expected to be the opposite of the "godly."

At one point the "days of lawless men" is dated to the reign of Josiah (49:13). It was in their time that he

196 Cf. 30:35(33:27) and the related words kakoj at 20:18 and kakoun at 33(36):8 where they are used sub- stantively.

197 198 199 Cf. 10:19; 19:24; 23:18 and paranomoj at 16:3. Cf. 32(35):18 and ubrij at 10:6, 8; 21:4. Cf. 3:28; 13:1,20; 15:8; 21:4; 23:8; 27:15, 28; 34(31):26; 35:32)08; 51:10 and the feminine uperhfania at 10:7; 15:8; 51:10.

200 Cf. 1:25; 3:27, 28; 5:6; 7:1, 16, 17; 8:10; 9:11, 12; 10:6, 7, 8, 23, 29; 11:21; 15:7, 12; 16:6, 13; 17:14; 19:22; 21:6, 9, 10, 27; 22:12; 25:19; 27:10, 27, 30; 34(31):26; 38:15; 39:24, 25, 27, 30; 40:8, 10; 41:11; 42:2.

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