Ecclesiastes 7:11-22 NIV

11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing1 and benefits those who see the sun.2

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12 Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
13 Consider what God has done:3 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?4

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14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.5 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

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15 In this meaningless life6 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.7

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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?8

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18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God9 will avoid all [extremes].a

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    • a 7:18 - Or "will follow them both"
      19 Wisdom10 makes one wise man more powerful11 than ten rulers in a city.

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      20 There is not a righteous man12 on earth who does what is right and never sins.13

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      21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you14 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.