Ecclesiastes 7:17 {18}
Good News Translation
But don't be too wicked or too foolish, either--why die before you have to?

Contemporary English Version
Don't die before your time by being too evil or acting like a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.

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Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.

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Jeremiah 2:33,34 Why dost thou endeavour to shew thy way good to seek my love, thou who hast also taught thy malices to be thy ways, . . .

Ezekiel 8:17 And he said to me: Surely thou hast seen, O son of man: is this a light thing to the house of Juda, that they should commit these abominations which they have committed here: because they have filled the land with iniquity, and have turned to provoke me to anger? and behold they put a branch to their nose.

Ezekiel 16:20 And thou hast taken thy sons, and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne to me: and hast sacrificed the same to them to be devoured. Is thy fornication small?

James 1:21 Wherefore, casting away all uncleanness and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

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Genesis 38:7-10 And Her, the first born of Juda, was wicked in the sight of the Lord: and was slain by him. . . .

1 Samuel 25:38 And after ten days had passed, the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.

Job 15:32,33 Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall wither away. . . .

Psalm 55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee, O Lord.

Proverbs 10:27 The expectation of the just is joy: but the hope of the wicked shall perish.

Acts 5:5,10 And Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and gave up the ghost. And there came great fear upon all that heard it. . . .

Acts 12:23 And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and, being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost.

before thy time

Context
The Limits of Human Wisdom
16Be not over just: and be not more wise than is necessary, lest thou become stupid. 17Be not overmuch wicked: and be not foolish, lest thou die before thy time.18It is good that thou shouldst hold up the just, yea and from him withdraw not thy hand: for he that feareth God, neglecteth nothing.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 6:20
And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the daughter of Saul coming out to meet David, said: How glorious was the king of Israel to day, uncovering himself before the handmaids of his servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons should be naked.

Job 15:32
Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall wither away.

Job 22:16
Who were taken away before their time, and a flood hath overthrown their foundation.

Psalm 55:23
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee, O Lord.

Proverbs 10:27
The expectation of the just is joy: but the hope of the wicked shall perish.

Additional Translations
Do not be excessively wicked, and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die before your time?

Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Be not very wicked; and be not stubborn: lest thou shouldest die before thy time.

Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldst thou die before thy time?

Don't be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time?

Do not much wrong, neither be thou a fool, why dost thou die within thy time?
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