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Ecclesiastes 7:16 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

16 Be not [morbidly exacting and externally] righteous overmuch, neither strive to make yourself [pretentiously appear] overwise—why should you [get puffed up and] destroy yourself [with presumptuous self-sufficiency]?

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

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Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 The Message (MSG)

Stay in Touch with Both Sides

15-17 I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it. But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly?

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Ecclesiastes 7:16 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?

New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


Ecclesiastes 7:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 Do not be overrighteous,
    neither be overwise—
    why destroy yourself?

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ?

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