15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity:

(A)There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,
And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.

16 (B)Do not be overly righteous,
(C)Nor be overly wise:
Why should you destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overly wicked,
Nor be foolish:
(D)Why should you die before your time?
18 It is good that you grasp this,
And also not remove your hand from the other;
For he who (E)fears God will [a]escape them all.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 7:18 Lit. come forth from all of them