Ecclesiastes 7:9-19 NLT

9 Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.
10 Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.
11 Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life.
12 Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
13 Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked?
14 Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
15 I have seen everything in this meaningless life, including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people.
16 So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?
17 On the other hand, don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time?
18 Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.a

References for Ecclesiastes 7:18

    • 7:18 - Or will follow them both.
      19 One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town!