15 I have seen everything during my [a](A)lifetime of futility; there is (B)a righteous person who perishes in his righteousness, and there is (C)a wicked person who prolongs his life in his wickedness. 16 Do not be excessively (D)righteous, and do not (E)be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked, and do not be foolish. Why should you (F)die [b]before your time? 18 It is good that you grasp one thing while not [c]letting go of the other; for one who (G)fears God comes out with [d]both of them.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 7:15 Lit days
  2. Ecclesiastes 7:17 Lit when not your time
  3. Ecclesiastes 7:18 Lit resting your hand
  4. Ecclesiastes 7:18 Lit all of them

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