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75 His house has become a 76 prison where his hands are fettered 17 and his feet put in the s ~ocks. 70 The sec,ond image, ,referred to in German as Hollenfahrt, pIctures the aff11cted as be1ng half-way through his journey to the 79 realm of the dead. 8o He beseeches his friends to have pity om him because the hand of God has struck him,~9 but his appeal meets with hatred. People spit him in the face 50 , insult him and insolently strike his cheeks. 52 Even if the references to former favours from the king are lacking in the Book of Job, due to a difference in social setting, the complaint is unquestionably uttered in the context of an upper class milieu.
The latter is "cut" (kiirat) by the two parties. 130 Clauses and curses were written down in the accompanying chart, called adu in Akkadian and 'editt (or 'djm, see Is. 33,8 [Qls a ]) in Hebrew. Both terms can also designate the treaty itself; they may be compared with the Aramaic 'dn ('dj, 'dj'), from which adu seems to derive. 131 The stipulations of the covenant can be called "limits" (Akkadian itWn/it~, cf. Hebrew ~8q/~uqqtm), which are not to be transgressed. 133 The taking of an oath was surrounded by various rites.
14 The former group consists of entries having the characteristics of the omen literature; the protasis gives the patient's symptoms and the apodosis the diagnosis and/or aetiology, mostly followed by a prognosis. 'Ussu kabitma ibalZu~ If the right ear of the patient is dark: his illness is serious, but he will recover. IS 57 When one sets out to study the texts in the hope of finding detailed accounts of personal suffering the outcome is somewhat disappointing, The search for the actual circumstances of individual adversity is thwarted by the stereotyped nature of the descriptions.