Most Relevant Verses
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work. He is filled with craving all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back.
The righteous person knows the rights of the poor,
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angelswith Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nationswill be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.read more.
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry
and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’ “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is immense, and their sin is extremely serious. I will go down to see if what they have done justifies the cry that has come up to Me. If not, I will find out.” The men turned from there and went toward Sodom while Abraham remained standing before the Lord.read more.
Abraham stepped forward and said, “Will You really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will You really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people who are in it? You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won’t the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” The Lord said, “If I find 50 righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Then Abraham answered, “Since I have ventured to speak to the Lord—even though I am dust and ashes— suppose the 50 righteous lack five. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?”He replied, “I will not destroy it if I find 45 there.” Then he spoke to Him again, “Suppose 40 are found there?”He answered, “I will not do it on account of 40.” Then he said, “Let the Lord not be angry, and I will speak further. Suppose 30 are found there?”He answered, “I will not do it if I find 30 there.” Then he said, “Since I have ventured to speak to the Lord, suppose 20 are found there?”He replied, “I will not destroy it on account of 20.” Then he said, “Let the Lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time. Suppose 10 are found there?”He answered, “I will not destroy it on account of 10.”
Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment,
and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
The little that the righteous man has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people. For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord supports the righteous.
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and His ears are open to their request.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.
Look, his ego is inflated;
he is without integrity.
But the righteous one will live by his faith.
For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
Anyone trusting in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
But when a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same detestable acts that the wicked do, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. He will die because of the treachery he has engaged in and the sin he has committed.
Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
“Now, son of man, say to your people: The righteousness of the righteous person will not save him on the day of his transgression; neither will the wickedness of the wicked person cause him to stumble on the day he turns from his wickedness. The righteous person won’t be able to survive by his righteousness on the day he sins. When I tell the righteous person that he will surely live, but he trusts in his righteousness and commits iniquity, then none of his righteousness will be remembered, and he will die because of the iniquity he has committed.
The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him
because He sees that his day is coming.
Lord, do not let me be disgraced when I call on You.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them be silent in Sheol. Let lying lips be quieted;
they speak arrogantly against the righteous
with pride and contempt.
?KafThe Lord has exhausted His wrath,
poured out His burning anger;
He has ignited a fire in Zion,
and it has consumed her foundations. ?LamedThe kings of the earth
and all the world’s inhabitants did not believe
that an enemy or adversary
could enter Jerusalem’s gates. ?MemYet it happened because of the sins of her prophets
and the guilt of her priests,
who shed the blood of the righteous
The Lord says:I will not relent from punishing Israel
for three crimes, even four,
because they sell a righteous person for silver
and a needy person for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the poor
on the dust of the ground
and block the path of the needy.
A man and his father have sexual relations
with the same girl,
profaning My holy name.
For I know your crimes are many
and your sins innumerable.
They oppress the righteous, take a bribe,
and deprive the poor of justice at the gates.
so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”
The righteous thrive like a palm tree
and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord,
they thrive in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age,
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to declare: “The Lord is just;
He is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
Disaster pursues sinners,
but good rewards the righteous. A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
The righteous one perishes,
and no one takes it to heart;
faithful men are swept away,
with no one realizing
that the righteous one is swept away
from the presence of evil.
The death of His faithful ones
is valuable in the Lord’s sight.
He also said to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
With Your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world
whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what You have in store;
their sons are satisfied,
and they leave their surplus to their children. But I will see Your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.
“They will be Mine,” says the Lord of Hosts, “a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
But I confess this to you: I worship my fathers’ God according to the Way, which they call a sect, believing all the things that are written in the Law and in the Prophets. And I have a hope in God, which these men themselves also accept, that there is going to be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the unrighteous. I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men.