righteousness


righteousness
a) The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it chiefly occurs, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law.

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. lxiv. 6.

b) A righteous act, or righteous quality.

Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth rightness at all times. Ps. cvi. 3.


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  • Righteousness — Right eous*ness, n. [AS. rihtw[=i]snes.] 1. The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. [1913 Webster] Note: Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it chiefly occurs, is nearly equivalent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • righteousness — In Hebrew, the quality of being found right or innocent; it is what describes a good king (Isa. 32:1) or a fair partner or neighbour (Amos 5:6–7). God is righteous because he observes his covenant, delivering Israel from enemies and offering hope …   Dictionary of the Bible

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  • righteousness —   Pono.    ♦ The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness, ua mau ke ea o ka āina i ka pono (motto of Hawai i) …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • righteousness — righteous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ morally right or justifiable. DERIVATIVES righteously adverb righteousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • righteousness — noun see righteous …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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