New International Version
Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?
King James Bible
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Darby Bible Translation
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest 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?
Ecclesiastes 7:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? - אל תרשע הרבה al tirsha harbeh. Do not multiply wickedness, do not add direct opposition to godliness to the rest of your crimes. Why should you provoke God to destroy you before your time? Perdition will come soon enough. If you will not turn from your sins, and avoid it finally, yet keep out of it as long as you can.
It cannot be supposed, except by those who are totally unacquainted with the nature of true religion, that a man may have too much holiness, too much of the life of God in his soul! And yet a learned doctor, in three sermons on this text, has endeavored to show, out-doing Solomon's infidel, "the sin, folly, and danger of being righteous overmuch." O rare darkness!
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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.
2 Samuel 6:20
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"
Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.
They were carried off before their time, their foundations washed away by a flood.
But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
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