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Such contexts recall numerous religiousmagical relief figures on walls of Egyp. tombs and temples, Babylonian boundary markers with reliefs of protective deities and their symbols, and most specifically, the N Syrian practice of carving mythological scenes on upright stone slabs.

In Proverbs 25:11, מַשְׂכִּית, H5381, (RSV “setting,” KJV “pictures”) may refer to gold inlay in silver carved work. Psalm 73:7 (RSV “follies”) and Proverbs 18:11 (RSV footnote “imagination”) use the same root, but its meaning in these vv. is difficult to discern.

Bibliography

W. F. Albright, Archeology and the Religion of Israel (1941), 160.