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Ecclesiastes 7:11-22 (New International Version)

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11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing1 and benefits those who see the sun.2 12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. 13 Consider what God has done:3 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?4 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.5 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. 15 In this meaningless life6 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.7 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ? 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?8 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God9 will avoid all [extremes].a 19 Wisdom10 makes one wise man more powerful11 than ten rulers in a city. 20 There is not a righteous man12 on earth who does what is right and never sins.13 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you14 may hear your servant cursing you-- 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
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