In this meaningless life1 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.2
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?3
References for Ecclesiastes 7:17
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God4 will avoid all [extremes].
References for Ecclesiastes 7:18
Wisdom5 makes one wise man more powerful6 than ten rulers in a city.
References for Ecclesiastes 7:19
There is not a righteous man7 on earth who does what is right and never sins.8
References for Ecclesiastes 7:20
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you9 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.