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125 Bible Verses about Righteousness

Righteousness lies at the heart of the Christian faith, embodying the purity and integrity that God calls us to uphold. The Bible, through Jesus’ teachings, Proverbs’ wisdom, and Old Testament prophecies, offers profound insights into living a righteous life. These 125 Bible verses about righteousness provide guidance and inspiration. Join us as we discover the depth and beauty of aligning with God’s will.

Righteousness Through Faith

  • Romans 1:17 – “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'”
  • Romans 3:22 – “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,”
  • Galatians 3:6 – “So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'”
  • Romans 4:5 – “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”
  • Philippians 3:9 – “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
  • Galatians 2:16 – “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.”
  • Romans 4:11 – “And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.”
  • Romans 4:13 – “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”
  • Romans 9:30 – “What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;”
  • Romans 10:6 – “But the righteousness that is by faith says: ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”‘ (that is, to bring Christ down)”

Life Full of Righteousness 

  • Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
  • James 3:18 – “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
  • 1 Peter 3:14 – “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.'”
  • 1 Timothy 6:11 – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 – “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”
  • Proverbs 12:28 – “In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
  • Psalm 15:2 – “The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;”
  • Proverbs 10:2 – “Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.”
  • Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”

Righteousness and Justice

  • Psalm 106:3 – “Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.”
  • Proverbs 21:3 – “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
  • Isaiah 56:1 – “This is what the LORD says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.'”
  • Proverbs 21:15 – “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
  • Amos 5:24 – “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • Psalm 33:5 – “The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
  • Isaiah 1:17 – “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
  • Proverbs 2:9 – “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”
  • Proverbs 8:20 – “I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,”

Righteousness as a Gift from God

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
  • Romans 5:17 – “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”
  • Isaiah 61:10 – “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
  • Philippians 3:6 – “as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
  • Romans 3:24 – “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
  • Romans 5:19 – “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
  • Titus 3:5 – “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”
  • Romans 10:4 – “Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
  • Psalm 24:5 – “They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior.”
  • Isaiah 54:17 – “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.”

Righteousness in Proverbs

  • Proverbs 11:5 – “The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.”
  • Proverbs 11:6 – “The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.”
  • Proverbs 12:17 – “An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.”
  • Proverbs 13:6 – “Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.”
  • Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”
  • Proverbs 15:9 – “The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.”
  • Proverbs 16:8 – “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.”
  • Proverbs 18:10 – “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”
  • Proverbs 28:1 – “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

Righteousness in the Psalms

  • Psalm 7:17 – “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.”
  • Psalm 11:7 – “For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.”
  • Psalm 37:6 – “He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
  • Psalm 37:16 – “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;”
  • Psalm 37:30 – “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
  • Psalm 72:1 – “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.”
  • Psalm 85:10 – “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
  • Psalm 89:16 – “They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.”
  • Psalm 97:6 – “The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.”
  • Psalm 103:6 – “The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”

The Reward of Righteousness

  • Proverbs 11:18 – “The wicked earn deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”
  • Proverbs 21:21 – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”
  • Isaiah 3:10 – “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.”
  • Matthew 5:10 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:11 – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”
  • Psalm 112:3 – “Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.”
  • Isaiah 32:17 – “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.”
  • Psalm 18:20 – “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.”
  • Hebrews 11:33 – “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,”
  • Psalm 58:11 – “Then people will say, ‘Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.'”

Righteousness and Salvation

  • Isaiah 45:8 – “‘You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.'”
  • Isaiah 46:13 – “I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.”
  • Isaiah 51:5 – “My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.”
  • Isaiah 51:6 – “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.”
  • Isaiah 51:8 – “For my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.”
  • Isaiah 56:1 – “This is what the LORD says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.'”
  • Isaiah 62:1 – “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.”
  • Romans 1:16-17 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'”
  • Romans 10:10 – “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
  • Philippians 3:9 – “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

The Call to Righteousness

  • Ephesians 4:24 – “and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
  • 1 Peter 2:24 – “‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.'”
  • 1 John 2:29 – “If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.”
  • 1 John 3:7 – “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.”
  • 1 John 3:10 – “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
  • Titus 2:12 – “It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age,”
  • Romans 6:13 – “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”
  • Romans 6:18 – “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
  • 2 Corinthians 6:7 – “in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left,”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10 – “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”

God’s Righteousness

  • Psalm 50:6 – “And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.”
  • Isaiah 5:16 – “But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.”
  • Psalm 7:9 – “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.”
  • Psalm 36:6 – “Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.”
  • Psalm 119:142 – “Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.”
  • Psalm 145:17 – “The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.”
  • Jeremiah 9:24 – “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”
  • Daniel 9:14 – “The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.”
  • Romans 3:25-26 – “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
  • Revelation 19:11 – “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.”

Righteousness and the Law

  • Romans 2:13 – “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.”
  • Romans 7:12 – “So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.”
  • Romans 10:4 – “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
  • Romans 10:5 – “Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: ‘The person who does these things will live by them.'”
  • Galatians 3:21 – “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.”
  • Philippians 3:6 – “As for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
  • James 2:10 – “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
  • Psalm 119:172 – “May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.”
  • Deuteronomy 6:25 – “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”
  • Psalm 119:160 – “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”

The Path of Righteousness

  • Proverbs 4:18 – “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”
  • Proverbs 2:20 – “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.”
  • Psalm 23:3 – “He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
  • Isaiah 26:7 – “The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.”
  • Psalm 1:6 – “For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
  • Proverbs 15:19 – “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”
  • Psalm 5:8 – “Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.”
  • Proverbs 12:28 – “In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
  • Hosea 14:9 – “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
  • Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Divine Righteousness and Justice

  • Psalm 48:10 – “Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness.”
  • Isaiah 45:19 – “I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.”
  • Jeremiah 33:15 – “In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.”
  • Malachi 4:2 – “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.”
  • Psalm 89:14 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”

Conclusion

These 125 Bible verses about righteousness reveal the importance of living in alignment with God’s will. They offer timeless wisdom and guidance toward a life of integrity and justice. Let these Scriptures inspire and strengthen your faith journey, and may you reflect God’s righteousness in all you do!

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