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Just as Yahweh hates evil and evildoers (Amos 6: 8; Deut. 32: 41), so must the people of the covenant (Ps. 139: 21 f.). Jesus enjoins love for enemies (Matt. 5: 43 f.); but it would seem that the commandment to love all became a commandment only to ‘love’ fellow Christians (1 John 4: 20) or at any rate fellow Christians especially (Gal. 6: 10). Christians must anticipate hatred from the world (John 15: 18 ff.).

Subjects: Biblical Studies — Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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