KJV LexiconBe not over much
to increase (in whatever respect)
to be (causatively, do or declare) wrong; by implication, to disturb, violate -- condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal, depart, do) wicked(-ly, -ness).
neither be thou foolish
silly -- fool(-ish), sottish.
why shouldest thou die
causatively, to kill
before thy time
time, especially (adverb with preposition) now, when, etc.
Parallel VersesNew 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?
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool; otherwise you might 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?
King James 2000 Bible
Be not overly wicked, neither be foolish: why should you die before your time?
Ecclesiastes 7:17 NIV
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