'Righteous' in the Bible
So Pharaoh sent and summoned Moses and Aaron and said to them, "I have sinned this time! The Lord is righteous, and I and my people are guilty.
Keep your distance from a false charge -- do not kill the innocent and the righteous, for I will not justify the wicked.
"You must not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and subverts the words of the righteous.
You must not pervert justice or show favor. Do not take a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and distort the words of the righteous.
He has selected the best part for himself, for the portion of the ruler is set aside there; he came with the leaders of the people, he obeyed the righteous laws of the Lord and his ordinances with Israel.
O Lord God of Israel, you are righteous, for we are left as a remnant this day. Indeed, we stand before you in our guilt. However, because of this guilt no one can really stand before you."
When you perceived that his heart was faithful toward you, you established a covenant with him to give his descendants the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites. You have fulfilled your promise, for you are righteous.
You are righteous with regard to all that has happened to us, for you have acted faithfully. It is we who have been in the wrong!
"Is a mortal man righteous before God? Or a man pure before his Creator?
if you become pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself for you, and will restore your righteous abode.
I am a laughingstock to my friends, I, who called on God and whom he answered -- a righteous and blameless man is a laughingstock!
What is man that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
But the righteous man holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.
Is it of any special benefit to the Almighty that you should be righteous, or is it any gain to him that you make your ways blameless?
The righteous see their destruction and rejoice; the innocent mock them scornfully, saying,
How then can a human being be righteous before God? How can one born of a woman be pure?
what he stores up a righteous man will wear, and an innocent man will inherit his silver.
So these three men refused to answer Job further, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Do you really think that one who hates justice can govern? And will you declare guilty the supremely righteous One,
If you are righteous, what do you give to God, or what does he receive from your hand?
He does not take his eyes off the righteous; but with kings on the throne he seats the righteous and exalts them forever.
May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end! But make the innocent secure, O righteous God, you who examine inner thoughts and motives!
to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones.
So you will walk in the way of good people, and will keep on the paths of the righteous.
The Lord's curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.
All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.
by me princes rule, as well as nobles and all righteous judges.
Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning.
The Lord satisfies the appetite of the righteous, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the reputation of the wicked will rot.
The teaching of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
The reward which the righteous receive is life; the recompense which the wicked receive is judgment.
What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value.
The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.
What the wicked fears will come on him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
When the storm passes through, the wicked are swept away, but the righteous are an everlasting foundation.
The hope of the righteous is joy, but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled.
The righteous will never be moved, but the wicked will not inhabit the land.
The speech of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but the one who speaks perversion will be destroyed.
The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing, but the speech of the wicked is perverse.
The righteous person is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked turns up in his stead.
With his speech the godless person destroys his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.
Be assured that the evil person will certainly be punished, but the descendants of the righteous will not suffer unjust judgment.
What the righteous desire leads only to good, but what the wicked hope for leads to wrath.
The one who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
The fruit of the righteous is like a tree producing life, and the one who wins souls is wise.
If the righteous are recompensed on earth, how much more the wicked sinner!
No one can be established through wickedness, but a righteous root cannot be moved.
The plans of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The wicked are overthrown and perish, but the righteous household will stand.
A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.
The wicked person desires a stronghold, but the righteous root endures.
The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.
The righteous do not encounter any harm, but the wicked are filled with calamity.
The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The righteous person hates anything false, but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace.
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.
A benevolent person leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked lacks food.
Those who are evil will bow before those who are good, and the wicked will bow at the gates of the righteous.
The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble, but the righteous have refuge even in the threat of death.
In the house of the righteous is abundant wealth, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
The heart of the righteous considers how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
The delight of kings is righteous counsel, and they love the one who speaks uprightly.
It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong.
It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked, by depriving a righteous man of justice.
The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.
The righteous person behaves in integrity; blessed are his children after him.
The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; he overthrows the wicked to their ruin.
Doing justice brings joy to the righteous and terror to those who do evil.
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless are taken in the place of the upright.
All day long he craves greedily, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; whoever fathers a wise child will have joy in him.
Do not lie in wait like the wicked against the place where the righteous live; do not assault his home.
Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down by calamity.
Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous person who gives way before the wicked.
The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing, but the righteous person is as confident as a lion.
When the righteous rejoice, great is the glory, but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out.
When the wicked gain control, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare, but a righteous person can sing and rejoice.
The righteous person cares for the legal rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will see their downfall.
An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous, and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked.
I thought to myself, "God will judge both the righteous and the wicked; for there is an appropriate time for every activity, and there is a time of judgment for every deed.
During the days of my fleeting life I have seen both of these things: Sometimes a righteous person dies prematurely in spite of his righteousness, and sometimes a wicked person lives long in spite of his evil deeds.
So do not be excessively righteous or excessively wise; otherwise you might be disappointed.
For there is not one truly righteous person on the earth who continually does good and never sins.
Here is another enigma that occurs on earth: Sometimes there are righteous people who get what the wicked deserve, and sometimes there are wicked people who get what the righteous deserve. I said, "This also is an enigma."
So I reflected on all this, attempting to clear it all up. I concluded that the righteous and the wise, as well as their works, are in the hand of God; whether a person will be loved or hated -- no one knows what lies ahead.
Everyone shares the same fate -- the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the ceremonially clean and unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. What happens to the good person, also happens to the sinner; what happens to those who make vows, also happens to those who are afraid to make vows.
Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter -- one that remains trustworthy.
The way of the righteous is level, the path of the righteous that you make is straight.
We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.
O Lord who rules over all, you test and prove the righteous. You see into people's hearts and minds. Pay them back for what they have done because I trust you to vindicate my cause.
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