When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
– Proverbs 11:10
The prospering of the righteous and the perishing of the wicked both bring rejoicing to the city. Though imperfect and often fickle, many recognize and value justice. At the very least, they enjoy the benefits brought about through the righteous and wise (Proverbs 29:2; Ecclesiastes 9:15). Reference to the city here could indicate the contrast between the rule of the righteous and that of the wicked. Men are far less appreciative of wickedness and injustice when it is at their own expense.