Ecclesiastes 7:17
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New International Version
Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?

New Living Translation
On the other hand, don't be too wicked either. Don't be a fool! Why die before your time?

English Standard Version
Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

New American Standard Bible
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

King James Bible
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be excessively wicked, and don't be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

International Standard Version
Do not excel at wickedness, nor be a fool. Why die before your time?

NET Bible
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool; otherwise you might die before your time.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be too wicked, and don't be a fool. Why should you die before your time is up?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish; why shouldest thou die before thy time?

New American Standard 1977
Do not be excessively wicked, and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be hasty to condemn, neither be thou foolish: why should thou die in the midst of thy labours?

King James 2000 Bible
Be not overly wicked, neither be foolish: why should you die before your time?

American King James Version
Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die before your time?

American Standard Version
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

English Revised Version
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldst thou die before thy time?

World English Bible
Don't be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

Young's Literal Translation
Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die within thy time?
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
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? 18It is good that you grasp one thing and also not let go of the other; for the one who fears God comes forth with both of them.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 6:20
But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, "How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!"

Job 15:32
"It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.

Job 22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?

Psalm 55:23
But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.

Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Treasury of Scripture

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Genesis 38:7-10 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and …

1 Samuel 25:38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, …

Job 15:32,33 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green…

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days: but the years of the wicked shall …

Acts 5:5,10 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: …

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

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