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Ecclesiastes 7:13-18 (New International Version)

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13 Consider what God has done:1 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?2 14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.3 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. 15 In this meaningless life4 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.5 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?6 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God7 will avoid all [extremes].a
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