Ecclesiastes 7:15-22 NIV

15 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

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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?3

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18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God4 will avoid all [extremes].a

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    • a 7:18 - Or "will follow them both"
      19 Wisdom5 makes one wise man more powerful6 than ten rulers in a city.

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      20 There is not a righteous man7 on earth who does what is right and never sins.8

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      21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you9 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.