Ecclesiastes 7:16
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New International Version
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself?

New Living Translation
So don't be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?

English Standard Version
Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

New American Standard Bible
Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

King James Bible
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be excessively righteous, and don't be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

International Standard Version
Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise. Why be self-destructive?

NET Bible
So do not be excessively righteous or excessively wise; otherwise you might be disappointed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be too virtuous, and don't be too wise. Why make yourself miserable?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise; why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

New American Standard 1977
Do not be excessively righteous, and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be too legalistic; neither make thyself over wise in thine own eyes: why should thou destroy thyself?

King James 2000 Bible
Be not overly righteous; neither make yourself overly wise: why should you destroy yourself?

American King James Version
Be not righteous over much; neither make yourself over wise: why should you destroy yourself ?

American Standard Version
Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

English Revised Version
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldst thou destroy thyself?

World English Bible
Don't be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

Young's Literal Translation
Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
15I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness. 16Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? 17Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?…
Cross References
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.

Philippians 3:6
as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless.

Proverbs 25:16
Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
Treasury of Scripture

Be not righteous over much; neither make yourself over wise: why should you destroy yourself ?

be not

Proverbs 25:16 Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest …

Matthew 6:1-7 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the …

Matthew 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for …

Matthew 23:5,23,24,29 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…

neither

Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books …

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that …

Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Proverbs 23:4 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

1 Corinthians 3:18,20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

Colossians 2:18,23 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and …

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

destroy thyself

Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, …

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