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.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:14
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.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:15
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?
References for Ecclesiastes 7:17
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:18
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:19
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:20
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you—
References for Ecclesiastes 7:21
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”— but this was beyond me.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:23
Whatever exists is far off and most profound— who can discover it?
References for Ecclesiastes 7:24