- Righteousness (also called rectitude) is an important theological concept in Judaism and Christianity. It is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. William Tyndale remodelled the word after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded modern English *rightwise or *rightways. He used it to translate the Hebrew root צדקים (TzDYQ), tzedek, which appears more than five hundred times in the Hebrew Bible, and the Greek word δικαιος (dikaios), which appears more than two hundred times in the New Testament.
- All of Romans chapter 4 are related with this righteousness. Rome 4:3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
- Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
- Rome 4:5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. [people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.]
- Rome 4:17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
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