Why the bible warns against being overly righteous or overly wise

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Why the bible warns against being overly righteous or overly wise

Ecclesiastes 7:16

Says those who are overly righteous or overly wise destroy themselves

So what does that mean?

To me, being overly righteous, means you rely on your own effort, exertion and self-absorbed social devices to attain character,

Rather than humbling yourself before God’s standard and seeking to obey Him and trust Him, building your productive and obedient behaviour around and through that trust.

To be overly wise, is similar: It means you rely on your own human devices to understand God, rather than basing your understanding on the rewards that come with obeying God, or the practical knowledge that comes with daily compliance to His standard.

Righteousness is based on faith, humility, obedience and trust, not self initiated sacrifices built around your own personal humanistic devices.

Wisdom is based on obedience and dutiful service, not on any extravagance in study or social diplomacy.

This is why it says the man who fears God will avoid all extremes.

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  • Fukaroo
    Most people just follow brain deteriorating trends that lead them down the path of someone else's miserable lifestyle resulted by a series of idiotic choices caused by the suffering of mankind which are self consciously projected onto society to make them feel better.
  • Dchrls78104
    Another reason to avoid being overly wise: you become arrogant, egotistical, and judgmental. The Bible warns us about that, too. Good take.
  • OddBeMe
    Confucius said that 1000 years before…
  • pushingrope
    Amen!
  • collie22
    thats that!
  • jimmy2
    Too relgious even for God
  • Anonymous
    damn I can't do anything
  • Anonymous
    I have noticedWhy the bible warns against being overly righteous or overly wise Wiseman tend to be loners I wonder why that is
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