Ecclesiastes 7:18
New International Version
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

New Living Translation
Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.

English Standard Version
It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.

Berean Study Bible
It is good to grasp the one and not let the other slip from your hand. For he who fears God will follow both warnings.

New American Standard Bible
It 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.

King James Bible
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

Christian Standard Bible
It is good that you grasp the one and do not let the other slip from your hand. For the one who fears God will end up with both of them.

Contemporary English Version
Keep to the middle of the road. You can do this if you truly respect God.

Good News Translation
Avoid both extremes. If you have reverence for God, you will be successful anyway.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is good that you grasp the one and do not let the other slip from your hand. For the one who fears God will end up with both of them.

International Standard Version
It is good for you to grab hold of this and not let go, because whoever fears God will escape all of these extremes.

NET Bible
It is best to take hold of one warning without letting go of the other warning; for the one who fears God will follow both warnings.

New Heart English Bible
It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that do not withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's good to hold on to the one and not let go of the other, because the one who fears God will be able to avoid both extremes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of the one; yea, also from the other withdraw not thy hand; for he that feareth God shall discharge himself of them all.

New American Standard 1977
It 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is good that thou should take hold of this; and also from the other not withdraw thy hand; for he that fears God shall come through with everything.

King James 2000 Bible
It is good that you should take hold of this; yea, also from this withhold not your hand: for he that fears God shall come forth of them all.

American King James Version
It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand: for he that fears God shall come forth of them all.

American Standard Version
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth from them all.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is well for thee to hold fast by this; also by this defile not thine hand: for to them that fear God all things shall come forth well.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God cometh forth from them all.

English Revised Version
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from that withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is good that thou shouldst take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God shall escape from them all.

World English Bible
It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that don't withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all.

Young's Literal Translation
It is good that thou dost lay hold on this, and also, from that withdrawest not thy hand, for whoso is fearing God goeth out with them all.
Study Bible
The Limits of Human Wisdom
17Do not be excessively wicked, and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time? 18It is good to grasp the one and not let the other slip from your hand. For he who fears God will follow both warnings. 19Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers in a city.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:14
I know that everything God does will remain forever; nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God works that men should revere Him.

Ecclesiastes 5:7
For as many dreams bring futility, so do many words. Therefore, fear God.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and still lives long, yet I also know that it will go well with those who fear God, who are reverent in His presence.

Ecclesiastes 8:13
Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.

Treasury of Scripture

It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand: for he that fears God shall come forth of them all.

good

Ecclesiastes 11:6
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

Proverbs 4:25-27
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee…

Proverbs 8:20
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

for

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Psalm 25:12-14
What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose…







Lexicon
It is good
ט֚וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to grasp
תֶּאֱחֹ֣ז (te·’ĕ·ḥōz)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

the one
בָּזֶ֔ה (bā·zeh)
Preposition-b | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

and
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

let the other slip
תַּנַּ֣ח (tan·naḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3240: Bestow, cast down, lay down, up, leave off, let alone remain, pacify, place,

from
מִזֶּ֖ה (miz·zeh)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

your hand.
יָדֶ֑ךָ (yā·ḏe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he who fears
יְרֵ֥א (yə·rê)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3373: Fearing, reverent

God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

will follow
יֵצֵ֥א (yê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

both [warnings].
כֻּלָּֽם׃ (kul·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every
(18) In the uncertainty or the issues of life, it is good for a man to make trial of opposite rules of conduct. provided he always restrain himself by the fear of God. (Comp. Ecclesiastes 11:6.)

Verse 18. - It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand. The pronouns refer to the two warnings in vers. 16 and 17 against over-righteousness and over-wicked-ness. Koheleth does not advise a man to make trial of opposite lines of conduct, to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that from a wide experience lie may, like a man of the world, pursue a safe course; this would be poor morality, and unmeet for the stage at which his argument has arrived. Rather he advises him to lay to heart fire cautions above given, and learn from them to avoid all extremes. As Horace says ('Epist.,' 1:18. 9) -

"Virtus est medium vitiorum et utrinque reductum."

"Folly, as usual, in extremes is seen,
While virtue nicely hits the happy mean."


(Howes.) The Vulgate has interpolated a word, and taken the pronoun as masculine, to the sacrifice of the sense and connection: Bonum est te sustentare justum, sed el ab illo ne subtrahas manum tuam, "It is good that thou shouldst support the just man, nay, from him withdraw not thy hand." For he that feareth God shall come forth of them all; shall escape both extremes together with their evil re-suits. The fear of God will keep a man from all excesses. The intransitive verb yatsa, "to go forth," is here used with an accusative (comp. Genesis 44:4, which, however, is not quite analogous), as in Latin ingrediurbem (Livy, 1:29). Vulgate, Qui timet Deum nihil negligit. So Hitzig and Ginsburg, "Goes, makes his way with both," knows how to avail himself of piety and wickedness, which, as we have seen, is not the meaning. St. Gregory, indeed, who uses the Latin Version, notes that to fear God is never to pass over any good thing that ought to be aerie ('Moral.,' 1:3); but he is not professing to comment on the whole passage. Wright, after Delitzsch, takes the term "come out of" as equivalent to "fulfill," so that the meaning would be, "He who fears God performs all the duties mentioned above, and avoids extremes," as Matthew 23:23, "These ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone." But this is confessedly a Talmudic use of the verb; and the Authorized Version may be safely adopted. The Septuagint gives, "For to them that fear God all things shall come forth well." 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.
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