Proverbs 11:10 – When a City Rejoices

Proverbs 11:10 “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.”

One of the greatest Bible examples of this verse came nearly five centuries after Solomon penned this Proverb. Jewish Queen of Persia, Esther, foiled the plot of Haman, the prime minister, to exterminate the Jews from the Persian empire in 473 BC.

Before Haman was executed, he heard the shouting of the enraged King of Persia, Ahasuerus, sentencing him to die (Esther 7:7-9). Haman was hung on the very gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai the Jew, Esther’s uncle, who he intensely hated.

After Haman’s death, Mordecai was promoted by the King to second in command, and he and Esther arranged with the King’s blessing a decree allowing the Jewish people to defend themselves (Esther 8:3-16, 10:1-3). The royal city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad when Mordecai came from King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) dressed in royal apparel and receiving the good news authorizing the Jews to defend themselves.

As a Christian, you may think your influence is small, but do not ever underestimate the power of influence. Whole cities rejoice when the righteous are doing well. The Hebrew word for “go well” means, “joy, gladness, goodness, beauty.” So whenever there is joy and gladness for the righteous the whole city shares in it. We each have a sphere of influence, family, spouse, siblings, church, classmates, coworkers, and so on. Does our influence bring shouting or blessing to those we are around? When God blesses us, which he has in so many ways, do others share in the joy of that blessing? As Christians, we need to remember our position in Christ, we are righteous through Christ’s blood, and look to Him in helping us know and do what is right.


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