Ecclesiastes 7:14-24 NIV

14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

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15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

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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?

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18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.a

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    • f 7:18 - Or "will follow them both"
      19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.

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      20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

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      21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—

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      22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
      23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise”— but this was beyond me.

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      24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?

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