Word Nerd Wednesday – Righteous

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Righteous – an adjective referring to a person or conduct; meaning morally right, justifiable or virtuous. The informal definition of righteous is very good, or excellent.

The base word of righteous is right. Adding eous to the end of the base word enables the word to mean from that which is right.

The word righteous is found in the Bible many times. We see righteous  both in the Old Testament, Hebrew/Aramaic as (tsad·dēk’ or
mā·shär’) and also in the New Testament, Greek as (dē’-kī-os).

The number of times the word righteous appears in the Bible depends upon the selected version of the Bible. The English Standard Version has righteous listed 267 times.

Now that we have defined the word righteous, it is only fitting to establish up front WHO is righteous? Psalm 145:17 (ESV) saysThe Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His words.”

Ezra the High Priest wrote “O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteousEzra 9:15a (KJV).

The Psalmist declared “Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.” Psalm 116:5 (KJV).

The prophet Daniel acknowledged the Lord as righteous. He said “Righteousness is on your side, O Lord,… So the Lord kept watch over this calamity until He brought it upon us. Indeed, the Lord our God is right in all that He has done; for we have disobeyed His voice.” Daniel 9:7,14 (KJV)

On their website, Blue Letter Bible has a list of the attributes of God. The list says the following “Righteousness is similar to goodness and holiness, but differs in that it requires works to establish it. Something (like Adam) can be holy, but not righteous if good works do not accompany it. God is good, but He refers to Himself as righteous because He works the good as well. Christians are called righteous, not because they have any ability to accomplish good works, but because they reside in the good works (or righteousness) of Christ. Christ’s obedience is transferred to us and God grants us eternal life as a result!” Aren’t you thankful that Christ’s righteous ways are transferred to those who put their faith in Him? We become righteous because of Christ’s righteousness. His righteousness is one of the attributes that set Him apart from everything else. 

The gospel reveals that the good news of Jesus Christ supports God’s righteousness. Reading through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are enough evidence to see and establish the righteousness of Yahweh. 

Not only is God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ righteous, but they always do what is right. We can fully rely on them because of their righteousness. They are trustworthy to exhibit true righteousness in all manners and in every circumstance. I am not sure about you, but knowing this full well and upfront causes me to continuously put my faith and trust in them.

Further, God always deals with humanity in a righteous manner and rules in righteousness. We don’t have to worry for one moment that when He judges our actions, they will not be considered fairly or with the utmost righteousness. Genesis 18:25 (ESV) says “Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

So far we see and have established that God is righteous, He deals in righteousness and He is reliable because of His righteousness. Now, we must consider the opposite of righteous in order to get a fuller picture of what righteousness entails.

As we continue in considering the word righteous, we must also take into consideration its opposite. Righteous is often contrasted with wicked or evil in the Bible. God’s righteousness is contrasted with humanity’s unrighteousness. Daniel 9:7 (ESV) says “To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you.”

God rewards righteousness by exposing that which is evil. In short, He loves the things that are good and hates the things that are evil. He calls all that follow Him to do the same. We as believers are called to love and cling to what is good and shun that which is evil.

Don Stewart, the Bible explorer says “God’s righteousness, or justice, is an attribute that leads Him to do only those things that are right. Because God is righteous, He must judge evil. God’s justice allows Him to reward those who have been faithful to Him. Someday He will rule in absolute righteousness.” 2 Timothy 4:8 (ESV) says “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” The acts of the wicked will be shown for what they are.

Photo courtesy of Misty’s super-talented cousin, Lindsey Keith.

We could study the word righteous throughout the Bible for a long time and never fully cover it fairly in its entirety. Today, let’s end with this scripture. Romans 1:16-17 says “The Righteous Shall Live by Faith 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Are you living by faith? Have you put your trust in the Most High God who is altogether and always righteous? If not, you most certainly can. It’s as easy as admitting that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Believing in the ONE who is truly righteous and confessing your sins. Repentance leads to change and change can lead you living a righteous life.

In Him,



Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years).  I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.

I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.  

I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.

    You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;

    Your works are wonderful;

I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)

Just A Little More About Me…..

My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.

As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.

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