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

goodness. joy. smart. annoy others. how can we see that God is making us righteous & wise? (Want to do what pleases God. faithfulness. is poor. are obedient the first time we are told. get in fights. and multiplies words rather than stopping his sin. is punished. patience. try to talk our way out of it when we do something wrong. pick on others. finds pleasure in wicked schemes. dies for lack of sense. A foolish son is disgraceful. goodness. joy. stir up conflict. 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. gentleness and self-control). spreads slander. don’t speak crassly (cursing/crude language). stupid. tell lies (even little ones).) Which is easier? (Wickedness and foolishness come naturally because of our sinful nature. are abundantly full of fruit of the spirit (love. brings grief to his mother. kindness. dangerous activities). earn sin and death. conceals hatred with lying lips. but only because it helps us become closer to God. weak. make poor choices (eating habits. their hopes come to nothing. will be overtaken by what they dread. and let Him guide our lives) 5. help others learn to want and be given spiritual gifts. are ruined by poverty. cause grief. spend time with God. 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. their tongue will be silenced. use bad language. turn to God when temptation comes. invites ruin. 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. their treasures have no lasting value. faithfulness. think we are better than anyone else is. peace. let love cover the faults of those around us. and learn to understand and honor the lives of those around us. fat. their years are cut short. are known for being vessels Jesus shines His light through. their heart is of little value. their name will rot. listen before speaking. 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. don’t treat everyone as God would treat them (perhaps because we think they’re too strong.) How can we see we’re letting Satan keep us wicked and foolish? (Are not always nice to people. and they frustrate and annoy those who send them. desire and are given spiritual gifts rather than physical/worldly gifts. can we be righteous & wise on our own? (No. gossip. are gone when the storm has swept by. peace. their lips only know what is perverse.overwhelmed with violence. kindness. do what we know makes our parents (and God) proud.). Pray . exercise. the LORD is their ruin. disobey our parents/teachers (don’t clean our room/turn in homework). love all people. do not have fruits of the spirit (love. skinny etc. will not remain in the land. patience. leads others astray. ) In our own lives. gentleness and self-control). speak respectfully.

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

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