100 Bible Verses about Imputed Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 672 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Philippians 3:9 ESV / 531 helpful votes

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 381 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Romans 4:5 ESV / 354 helpful votes

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

Romans 1:17 ESV / 341 helpful votes

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 4:6 ESV / 311 helpful votes

Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

Jeremiah 23:6 ESV / 310 helpful votes

In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 297 helpful votes

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Romans 4:11 ESV / 285 helpful votes

He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 269 helpful votes

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Romans 3:22 ESV / 264 helpful votes

The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 3:21-22 ESV / 235 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 10:3 ESV / 234 helpful votes

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Romans 10:4 ESV / 231 helpful votes

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 4:3 ESV / 228 helpful votes

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

Romans 3:21 ESV / 226 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 222 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 217 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Isaiah 53:11 ESV / 215 helpful votes

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Romans 4:13 ESV / 207 helpful votes

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Isaiah 64:6 ESV / 205 helpful votes

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Romans 3:21-26 ESV / 204 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. ...

Romans 4:22 ESV / 200 helpful votes

That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”

James 2:23 ESV / 198 helpful votes

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Isaiah 61:10 ESV / 191 helpful votes

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Galatians 3:6 ESV / 188 helpful votes

Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Romans 5:17 ESV / 186 helpful votes

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Daniel 9:24 ESV / 185 helpful votes

“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

Romans 4:1-25 ESV / 181 helpful votes

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, ...

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 173 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 171 helpful votes

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Romans 9:30 ESV / 170 helpful votes

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;

Romans 3:20 ESV / 170 helpful votes

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Matthew 5:20 ESV / 166 helpful votes

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 5:19 ESV / 157 helpful votes

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Romans 4:9 ESV / 154 helpful votes

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.

Romans 3:26 ESV / 153 helpful votes

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 10:6 ESV / 148 helpful votes

But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)

Isaiah 45:24-25 ESV / 147 helpful votes

“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Romans 3:24 ESV / 144 helpful votes

And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

1 Peter 3:14 ESV / 141 helpful votes

But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 140 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 1:16-17 ESV / 137 helpful votes

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.”

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 137 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

1 John 3:7 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

Romans 3:10 ESV / 135 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Psalm 89:16 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 128 helpful votes

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Romans 2:13 ESV / 127 helpful votes

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 126 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 3:28 ESV / 126 helpful votes

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Deuteronomy 6:25 ESV / 126 helpful votes

And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’

Leviticus 17:4 ESV / 126 helpful votes

And does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 123 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Leviticus 7:18 ESV / 122 helpful votes

If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering is eaten on the third day, he who offers it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be credited to him. It is tainted, and he who eats of it shall bear his iniquity.

Isaiah 56:1 ESV / 120 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 119 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 117 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Romans 5:1 ESV / 117 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 116 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Psalm 34:15 ESV / 113 helpful votes

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 111 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Philemon 1:18-19 ESV / 110 helpful votes

If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.

Romans 5:12-21 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. ...

Galatians 2:21 ESV / 108 helpful votes

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Psalm 112:6 ESV / 108 helpful votes

For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.

Romans 3:25 ESV / 107 helpful votes

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Romans 3:5 ESV / 107 helpful votes

But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)

1 John 2:29 ESV / 106 helpful votes

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

Galatians 3:13 ESV / 105 helpful votes

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Romans 4:24 ESV / 102 helpful votes

But for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,

Galatians 3:21 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Titus 2:12 ESV / 99 helpful votes

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

1 John 3:10 ESV / 98 helpful votes

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Ephesians 5:9 ESV / 98 helpful votes

(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

John 1:14 ESV / 98 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Romans 4:8 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Philippians 3:8-9 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Luke 1:6 ESV / 90 helpful votes

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 89 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 6:14 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Romans 3:23 ESV / 88 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Ezekiel 33:12 ESV / 87 helpful votes

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 86 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV / 86 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Galatians 5:6 ESV / 86 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Romans 8:1-4 ESV / 86 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Ezekiel 16:14 ESV / 85 helpful votes

And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God.

Hebrews 9:28 ESV / 83 helpful votes

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Ephesians 4:24 ESV / 83 helpful votes

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 5:18 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

James 3:18 ESV / 79 helpful votes

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

2 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 78 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 11:7 ESV / 78 helpful votes

For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

1 Corinthians 15:34 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Proverbs 10:2 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Genesis 18:25 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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?”

Romans 9:32 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Isaiah 5:16 ESV / 73 helpful votes

But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.

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