Parallel Verses

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Do not be too legalistic; neither make thyself over wise in thine own eyes: why should thou destroy thyself?

New American Standard Bible

Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Don’t be excessively righteous, and don’t be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

International Standard Version

Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise. Why be self-destructive?

A Conservative Version

Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise. Why should thou destroy thyself?

American Standard Version

Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?


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]?

Bible in Basic English

Be not given overmuch to righteousness and be not over-wise. Why let destruction come on you?

Darby Translation

Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Julia Smith Translation

Thou shalt not be greatly just; and thou shalt not be exceedingly wise: wherefore wilt thou be made desolate?

King James 2000

Be not overly righteous; neither make yourself overly wise: why should you destroy yourself?

Lexham Expanded Bible

Do not be excessively righteous, and do not act excessively wise, lest you destroy yourself.

Modern King James verseion

Do not be righteous overmuch, neither make yourself overwise; why destroy yourself?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Therefore be thou neither too righteous nor over wise, that thou perish not:

NET Bible

So do not be excessively righteous or excessively wise; otherwise you might be disappointed.

New Heart English Bible

Do not be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

The Emphasized Bible

Do not become so very righteous, neither count thyself wise beyond measure, - wherefore shouldst thou destroy thyself?


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

World English Bible

Don't be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

Youngs Literal Translation

Be not over-righteous, nor show thyself too wise, why art thou desolate?


Root Form
Be not righteous
Usage: 206

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Verse Info

Context Readings

The Law Of Retribution Does Not Always Work'But It Does Sometimes

15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perishes for his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongs his days by his wickedness. 16 Do not be too legalistic; neither make thyself over wise in thine own eyes: why should thou destroy thyself? 17 Do not be hasty to condemn, neither be thou foolish: why should thou die in the midst of thy labours?

Cross References

Romans 12:3

Therefore I say through the grace given unto me, to all those that are among you not to obtain more knowledge than is prudent to know, but to obtain knowledge with temperance, each one according to the measure of faith that God has dealt.

Proverbs 25:16

Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Philippians 3:6

concerning zeal, a persecutor of the congregation ; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was desirable to the eyes, and a tree of covetousness to understand, she took of its fruit and ate and gave also unto her husband with her; and he ate.

Job 11:12

The vain man shall make himself understood, though man is born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 28:28

And unto man he said, Behold, that the fear of the Lord, is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Proverbs 23:4

Do not labour to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 12:12

My son, in addition to this, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Matthew 6:1-7

Take heed not to do your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise, ye have no reward of your Father who is in the heavens.

Matthew 9:14

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?

Matthew 15:2-9

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.

Matthew 23:5

But they do all their works that they may be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments

Matthew 23:23-24

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and have omitted that which is more important of the law: judgment, mercy, and faith; these were expedient for ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 23:29

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the sepulchres of the righteous

Matthew 23:38

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Luke 18:12

I fast two meals every sabbath; I give tithes of all that I possess.

Romans 10:2

For I give testimony that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Romans 11:25

For I would not, brethren, that ye ignore this mystery, that ye not be arrogant regarding yourselves: that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles are come in.

1 Corinthians 3:18

Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you seems to be wise in this age, let them become a fool that they may be wise.

1 Corinthians 3:20

And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Colossians 2:18

Let no one govern you according to their own will under pretext of humility and religion of angels, intruding into those things which they have not seen, vainly puffed up by their fleshly mind,

Colossians 2:23

which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship and humility and neglecting of the body, but they have absolutely no value against the appetites of the flesh.

1 Timothy 4:3

they shall forbid to marry and shall command men to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who are faithful and have known the truth.

James 3:13-17

Who is wise and ready among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom.

Revelation 18:19

And they cast dust on their heads and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, in which all that had ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her riches! for in one hour is she made desolate.

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