In this meaningless life1 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.216
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ?
Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?318
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God4 will avoid all [extremes].a19
Wisdom5 makes one wise man more powerful6 than ten rulers in a city.
There is not a righteous man7 on earth who does what is right and never sins.821
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you9 may hear your servant cursing you--
for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"10-- but this was beyond me.
Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?1125
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things12 and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.13