New International Version
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself?
King James Bible
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Darby Bible Translation
Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest 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?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Why shouldest thou destroy thyself? - תשומם tishshomem, make thyself desolate, so that thou shalt be obliged to stand alone; neither make thyself over-wise, תתחכם tithchaccam, do not pretend to abundance of wisdom. Why shouldest thou be so singular? In other words, and in modern language, "There is no need of all this watching, fasting, praying, self-denial, etc., you carry things to extremes. Why should you wish to be reputed singular and precise?" To this the man of God answers:
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
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Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
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