100 Bible Verses about Righteousness

1 John 2:29 ESV / 217 helpful votes

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

1 John 3:7 ESV / 207 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:1-5 ESV / 205 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Isaiah 33:15-17 ESV / 183 helpful votes

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.

Psalm 106:3 ESV / 175 helpful votes

Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!

1 Peter 3:14 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 154 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Matthew 5:20 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 129 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.

Romans 10:4 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 106 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.

Ezekiel 18:5-9 ESV / 103 helpful votes

“If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity, does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord God.

1 John 5:18 ESV / 101 helpful votes

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Romans 8:4-6 ESV / 95 helpful votes

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. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 2:5-20 ESV / 87 helpful votes

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; ...

Philippians 1:11 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 76 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.

Philippians 3:9 ESV / 72 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—

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:12 ESV / 69 helpful votes

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:17 ESV / 68 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.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

James 1:4 ESV / 65 helpful votes

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Proverbs 21:3 ESV / 64 helpful votes

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Proverbs 12:28 ESV / 62 helpful votes

In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:17 ESV / 58 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.

Proverbs 13:6 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 55 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Romans 3:10 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

Titus 3:5-7 ESV / 46 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, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 43 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Isaiah 64:6 ESV / 42 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 4:3 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:21-23 ESV / 41 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,

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 41 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.

Proverbs 11:5 ESV / 41 helpful votes

The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

John 3:21 ESV / 40 helpful votes

But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Romans 4:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Job 29:14 ESV / 39 helpful votes

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.

James 5:16 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 ESV / 37 helpful votes

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—

James 2:23 ESV / 35 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.

Psalm 34:15 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 34 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.

Malachi 4:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

2 Peter 1:2-12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, ...

Proverbs 29:7 ESV / 33 helpful votes

A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

Romans 3:20 ESV / 32 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.

Galatians 3:6 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Psalm 15:1-5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

James 3:18 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:11 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

Romans 5:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Job 33:26 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Then man prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his righteousness.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Romans 14:17 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 37:1-40 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. ...

Psalm 5:12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Genesis 6:9 ESV / 29 helpful votes

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Romans 4:13 ESV / 28 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.

Proverbs 11:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

Psalm 112:4-8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Romans 4:11 ESV / 27 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,

Malachi 3:3 ESV / 27 helpful votes

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.

Ezekiel 18:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes

But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

Daniel 9:24 ESV / 25 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.

Proverbs 10:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.

Proverbs 10:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

2 Peter 1:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Deuteronomy 6:25 ESV / 24 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.’

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Isaiah 62:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Isaiah 58:6-14 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. ...

Isaiah 28:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Daniel 12:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Romans 4:24 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:34 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Galatians 2:21 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Romans 4:9 ESV / 20 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.

Acts 18:25 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Isaiah 56:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 5:13-14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Colossians 3:9-17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. ...

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

1 Corinthians 4:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Romans 10:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Matthew 23:1-39 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, ...

Psalm 11:5 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

1 John 4:4-21 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. ...

John 13:35 ESV / 17 helpful votes

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Isaiah 61:10 ESV / 16 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.

Proverbs 11:19 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.

Jeremiah 23:6 ESV / 15 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.’

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