Righteousness
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 to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. [1913 Webster]

2. A righteous act, or righteous quality. [1913 Webster]

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. --Isa. lxiv. 6. [1913 Webster]

3. The act or conduct of one who is righteous. [1913 Webster]

Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. --Ps. cvi. 3. [1913 Webster]

4. (Theol.) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground of justification. [1913 Webster]

There are two kinds of Christian righteousness: the one without us, which we have by imputation; the other in us, which consisteth of faith, hope, and charity, and other Christian virtues. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone. --Westminster Catechism. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Uprightness; holiness; godliness; equity; justice; rightfulness; integrity; honesty; faithfulness. [1913 Webster]


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