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The Human World

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This chapter describes the elementary question 'what is a human being' from the proverbial perspective. The natural human tendency toward folly is also reflected in the fact that the majority of the human qualities mentioned in Proverbs are negative ones to be overcome. The basic shortcoming of irritability that makes it so unpalatable to the proverbial sages is the spiralling out of control of events in the life of an anger-driven person; such a life descends into chaos. The impression could be gained that the proverbial perspective is strongly individualistic, concerned with the success and prosperity of a single person at a time. Qoheleth's quest into wisdom and folly concluded that while being caught in the snares of folly is worth than being dead, the alternative, the traditional idea wisdom is unachievable, and insistence on it amounts to being at odds with God.

Keywords: God; human world; proverbial sages; Qoheleth

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