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Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (Listen)

15 In my avain1 life I have seen everything. There is ba righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who cprolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not dmake yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. eWhy should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of fthis, and from gthat hwithhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.

Footnotes

[1] 7:15 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)