By definition, “the righteous” are those whose thinking and choices lead to right actions and activities. And, while it’s not automatic, such a way-of-life tends toward doing pretty well — they will “prosper.”
This proverb says that “when the righteous prosper,” themselves, “the city rejoices.” Because they think and operate as they do, the righteous make a positive impact on all those around them.
On the other hand, “the wicked” are those who make decisions based on selfish desires without concern for those around them — even to the detriment of others. So, “when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.”
As all of us go through life every day — simply doing what we do (good or bad) — we generally don’t realize the impact we’re having on others. But, as we do what we do, each of us will be of help or support, even guiding to a better way…or not!
They’re watching and they do have feelings about it all. So let’s decide to make an impact…for the good!