1. Pray before starting 2. Introduce righteous & wise vs.

wicked & fools
What does it mean to be righteous & wise vs. wicked & foolish?
(Doing what God wants rather than what Satan wants. Godly life vs. worldly life) A fool is anyone who lives his life as if God doesn't exist. We can do that as Christians when we say we believe in Him, but then live as if He isn't really there. We make decisions without Him and do things that would offend Him, but seem to think He either can't see or won't do anything about it. We live our lives according to our standards instead of His; it is all like He is not even there. In Proverbs, there are five types of fools: Simple fool: vulnerable, doesn’t know better, simple-minded, doesn’t see cause-and-effect relationships. Silly fool: quick to speak before thinking, easily angered, hates correction, and thinks his way is the right way Sensual fool: seems to purposefully make wrong choices, rejects God’s wisdom and prefers the world’s way, and focused on short term gratification Scornful fool: eye-roller, has disdain/contempt for God, embraces anything against God, doesn’t listen to correction, and needs punishment to get his attention Stubborn fool: most dangerous, totally rejects God and His ways, self-confident, close-minded, acts as his own god, does not submit to God, and drags others along, highly persuasive

3. Ask the class to look for cause and effect relationships between righteous & wise vs. wicked & foolish as we read Proverbs 10. 4. Ask Questions:
What stands out to you in the passage? Is anything surprising, seems redundant, hard to understand, etc. from the passage? What did you notice about the righteous & wise? What did you notice about the wicked & foolish?
(The righteous deliver from death, are crowned with blessings, which bring wealth without painful toil, their wealth is their fortified city, their name is used in blessings, their mouth is a fountain of life, their lives are longer, their wages are life, their tongue is choice silver, they do not go hungry, their lips nourish many, their lips know what finds favor, from their mouth comes fruit of wisdom, their prospect is joy, what they desire will be granted, the way of the LORD is their refuge, they walk securely, they will never be uprooted, they will stand firm forever, and their love covers all wrongs. A wise son brings joy to his father, accepts commands, holds his tongue, has lips of discerning, stores up knowledge, is a man of understanding, shows the way to life, is prudent, and his hands bring wealth.) (The wicked will be found out, have cravings thwarted, their mouths conceal violence, but they are

is poor. exercise. faithfulness. their treasures have no lasting value. are gone when the storm has swept by. we are naturally sinners and are too weak to break free from Satan’s grasp without Jesus to do it for us) Do choices we make help us be righteous & wise? (Yes. will be overtaken by what they dread.) Which is easier? (Wickedness and foolishness come naturally because of our sinful nature. fat. kindness. listen before speaking. how can we see that God is making us righteous & wise? (Want to do what pleases God. and learn to understand and honor the lives of those around us. goodness. love all people. patience. and they frustrate and annoy those who send them. leads others astray. but only because it helps us become closer to God. cause grief. are ruined by poverty. joy. Righteousness & wisdom must be searched for by actively asking God to change us and give us fruit of the spirit) If we try really hard. speak respectfully. brings grief to his mother. do what we know makes our parents (and God) proud. do not have fruits of the spirit (love. are abundantly full of fruit of the spirit (love. dangerous activities). stir up conflict. dies for lack of sense. pick on others. try to talk our way out of it when we do something wrong. disobey our parents/teachers (don’t clean our room/turn in homework). gentleness and self-control). their tongue will be silenced. their heart is of little value. desire and are given spiritual gifts rather than physical/worldly gifts. peace. and multiplies words rather than stopping his sin. comes to ruin. who is our source of righteousness & wisdom) Why do we want to be righteous & wise? (It allows us to receive fulfillment throughout our lives that cannot be found elsewhere. Pray . skinny etc. will not remain in the land. help others learn to want and be given spiritual gifts. the LORD is their ruin. earn sin and death. faithfulness. invites ruin. gentleness and self-control). stupid. get in fights. ) In our own lives. conceals hatred with lying lips. goodness. It also gives us the resources to help others become closer to God so that they too can have fulfilling lives) What should we do to try to become righteous & wise? (Read the Bible. let love cover the faults of those around us. their name will rot. kindness. their years are cut short. use bad language. their hopes come to nothing. A foolish son is disgraceful. smart. tell lies (even little ones). is punished. peace. and let Him guide our lives) 5. finds pleasure in wicked schemes. joy. gossip.) How can we see we’re letting Satan keep us wicked and foolish? (Are not always nice to people. are obedient the first time we are told. are known for being vessels Jesus shines His light through. weak. make poor choices (eating habits. turn to God when temptation comes. spreads slander. their lips only know what is perverse.). think we are better than anyone else is. patience. don’t speak crassly (cursing/crude language). spend time with God. can we be righteous & wise on our own? (No. annoy others.overwhelmed with violence. don’t treat everyone as God would treat them (perhaps because we think they’re too strong.

28 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.10 The proverbs of Solomon: 1 17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life. 3 Sin is not ended by multiplying words. 25 The wise in heart accept commands. 20 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry. 6 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth. but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 22 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son. 27 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief. but the righteous stand firm forever. 11 The fear of the LORD adds length to life. 30 The wise store up knowledge. but the years of the wicked are cut short. 16 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom. 19 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value. but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. but the heart of the wicked is of little value. 12 The prospect of the righteous is joy. but a perverse tongue will be silenced. 31 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city. but the name of the wicked will rot. 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning. but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. but diligent hands bring wealth. 4 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver. but fools die for lack of sense. 32 The wages of the righteous is life. 29 Hatred stirs up conflict. but righteousness delivers from death. but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. what the righteous desire will be granted. so are sluggards to those who send them. 7 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes. but love covers over all wrongs. but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. the wicked are gone. but the prudent hold their tongues. 23 Blessings crown the head of the righteous. but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. but it is the ruin of those who do evil. 21 Lazy hands make for poverty. 18 A wise son brings joy to his father. but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. but the wicked will not remain in the land. 8 What the wicked dread will overtake them. 9 When the storm has swept by. but a chattering fool comes to ruin. 24 The name of the righteous is used in blessings. but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. 2 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense. 14 The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless. The lips of the righteous know what finds favor. . without painful toil for it. 26 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely. 10 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes. but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. and a chattering fool comes to ruin. but poverty is the ruin of the poor. 15 The righteous will never be uprooted. but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. 5 The lips of the righteous nourish many. but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.