15In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. 16Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? 17Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time? 18It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.#7:18 Or will follow them both 19Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. 20Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. 21Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— 22for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.