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

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

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

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