In this article, I suggest that זַעֲקַת מוֹשֵל is a metaphoric idiom derived from the loud shouts requesting a supplicant's recognition in a ruler's public appearance. Consequently, זַעֲקַת מוֹשֵל indicates a particular kind of a "loud voice." This meaning establishes a clear and apt contrast between דִּבְרֵי נַחַת and זַעֲקַת מוֹשֵל, and between תֲכָמִים and כְּסִילִים in the two cola of Qoh 9:17.

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