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?118
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God2 will avoid all [extremes].a19
Wisdom3 makes one wise man more powerful4 than ten rulers in a city.
There is not a righteous man5 on earth who does what is right and never sins.621
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you7 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"8-- but this was beyond me.
Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?925
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things10 and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.1126
I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare,12 whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.13