Proverb 11:10 — They’re Watching Us!

When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy

Here, again, are two of the most frequently mentioned and contrasted characters in Proverbs — “the righteous” and “the wicked.” The focus of this wise saying is what others think and feel about them and their choices.

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!