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

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

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

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