'Upright' in the Bible
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was an upright man and without sin in his generation: he went in the ways of God.
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you with all your household, for you [alone] I have seen as righteous (doing what is right) before Me in this generation.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things,
Abraham approached [the Lord] and said, “Will You really sweep away the righteous (those who do right) with the wicked (those who do evil)?
If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men?
Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?
So the Lord said, “If I find within the city of Sodom fifty righteous [people], then I will spare the entire place for their sake.”
If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.
Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation?
Did he not say to me himself, She is my sister? and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this.
And God said to him in the dream, I see that you have done this with an upright heart, and I have kept you from sinning against me: for this reason I did not let you come near her.
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
When Judah recognized them, he admitted, "She is more upright than I, because I never did give her my son Shelah." And he never had sex with her again.
Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have done evil this time: the Lord is upright, and I and my people are sinners.
And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
Keep yourselves far from any false business; never let the upright or him who has done no wrong be put to death: for I will make the evil-doer responsible for his sin.
Take no rewards in a cause: for rewards make blind those who have eyes to see, and make the decisions of the upright false.
“Then you shall make the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright.
He made upright planks of acacia wood for the tabernacle.
I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Who has counted the dust of Jacobor numbered the dust clouds of Israel?Let me die the death of the upright;let the end of my life be like theirs.
Or what great nation has statutes and judgments so righteous (upright, just) as this whole law which I am placing before you today?
And do what is upright and good in the eyes of the Lord your God, so that it may be well for you and you may go in and take for your heritage that good land from which the Lord undertook by an oath to your fathers,
Not for your righteousness or because your hearts are upright are you going in to take their land; but because of the evil-doing of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and to give effect to his oath to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
You are to make judges and overseers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, for every tribe: and they are to be upright men, judging the people in righteousness.
You are not to be moved in your judging by a man's position, you are not to take rewards; for rewards make the eyes of the wise man blind, and the decisions of the upright false.
You are to be upright in heart before the Lord your God.
Be upright in judging the cause of the man from a strange country and of him who has no father; do not take a widow's clothing on account of a debt:
If there is an argument between men and they go to law with one another, let the judges give their decision for the upright, and against the wrongdoer.
For all who do such things, and all whose ways are not upright, are disgusting to the Lord your God.
Flawless is the work of the Rock, because all his ways are just. A faithful God never unjust righteous and upright is he.
and the sun standeth still, and the moon hath stood -- till the nation taketh vengeance on its enemies; is it not written on the Book of the Upright, 'and the sun standeth in the midst of the heavens, and hath not hasted to go in -- as a perfect day?'
Give ear to the women laughing by the water-springs; there they will give again the story of the upright acts of the Lord, all the upright acts of his arm in Israel.
If then you have done what is true and upright to Jerubbaal and his family this day, may you have joy in Abimelech, and may he have joy in you;
Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, explaining, “The Lord has helped us to this point.”
And his sons did not go in his ways, but moved by the love of money took rewards, and were not upright in judging.
'I, also, far be it from me to sin against Jehovah, by ceasing to pray for you, and I have directed you in the good and upright way;
He said to David, “You are more righteous and upright [in God’s eyes] than I; for you have done good to me, but I have done evil to you.
Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.
and he saith to teach the sons of Judah 'The Bow;' lo, it is written on the book of the Upright: --
How much more, when evil men have put an upright person to death, in his house, sleeping on his bed, will I take payment from you for his blood, and have you cut off from the earth?
I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
The God of Israel said, the word of the Rock of Israel came to me: When an upright king is ruling over men, when he is ruling in the fear of God,
May the Lord punish him for the blood he shed; behind my father David's back he struck down and murdered with the sword two men who were more innocent and morally upright than he -- Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army.
And Solomon said, Great was your mercy to David my father, as his life before you was true and upright and his heart was true to you; and you have kept for him this greatest mercy, a son to take his place this day.
"Now as for you, if you commune with me like your father did, with an upright heart of integrity and doing everything that I've commanded you and keeping my statutes and ordinances,
For they made high places and upright stones and wood pillars on every high hill and under every green tree;
Take the best and most upright of your master's sons, and make him king in his father's place, and put up a fight for your master's family.
And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men: it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death; but who is responsible for the death of all these?
More than this, Manasseh took the lives of upright men, till Jerusalem from one end to the other was full of blood; in addition to his sin in making Judah do evil in the eyes of the Lord.
And because of the death of those who had done no wrong, for he made Jerusalem full of the blood of the upright; and the Lord had no forgiveness for it.
I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with what is right. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.
The combined wingspan of these cherubim was 30 feet. They stood upright, facing inward.
Then the chiefs of Israel and the king made themselves low and said, The Lord is upright.
For he took away the altars of strange gods and the high places, and had the upright stones broken and the wood pillars cut down;
Take notice, please, that Amariah the Chief Priest is presiding over all cases that pertain to the LORD, Ishmael's son Zebadiah is presiding as ruler of the household of Judah with respect to all cases that pertain to the national government, and the descendants of Levi will preside over your other civil cases. Serve courageously, and the LORD will be with the upright."
But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah. He did what was good and upright and true before the Lord his God.
And for a fourth part of the day, upright in their places, they were reading from the book of the law of their God; and for a fourth part of the day they were requesting forgiveness and worshipping the Lord their God.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Is not your fear of God your support, and your upright way of life your hope?
Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?
May a man be upright before God? or a man be clean before his Maker?
How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove?
Does God give wrong decisions? or is the Ruler of all not upright in his judging?
If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
For though I were righteous, I could not answer.I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge.
That, if I was an evil-doer, the curse would come on me; and if I was upright, my head would not be lifted up, being full of shame and overcome with trouble.
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
What is man, that he may be clean? and how may the son of woman be upright?
Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his ways,And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
“Is it any pleasure or joy to the Almighty that you are righteous?Or is it of benefit to Him that you make your ways perfect?
The upright saw it and were glad: and those who had done no wrong made sport of them,
Then an upright man could reason with Him,and I would escape from my Judge forever.
How then is it possible for man to be upright before God? or how may he be clean who is a son of woman?
He may get them ready, but the upright will put them on, and he who is free from sin will take the silver for a heritage.
(Let me be measured in upright scales, and let God see my righteousness:)
So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes [and could not be persuaded otherwise by them].
My words come from my upright heart,and my lips speak with sincerity what they know.
“If there is an angel as a mediator for him,One out of a thousand,To explain to a man what is right for him [that is, how to be in right standing with God],
For Job has said, I am upright, and it is God who has taken away my right;
How may a hater of right be a ruler? and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil?
If you are upright, what do you give to him? or what does he take from your hand?
His eyes are ever on the upright, and he gives to the crushed their right;
“He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous [those in right standing with Him];But with kings upon the throneHe has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
Because the Lord sees the way of the upright, but the end of the sinner is destruction.
For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You];You surround him with favor as with a shield.
Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous [those in right standing with You];For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
God is the judge of the upright, and is angry with the evil-doers every day.
The upright are crushed and made low, and the feeble are overcome by his strong ones.
For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do?
The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts.
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