Then the LORD said to Noah: "Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just."
The men set out from there and looked down toward Sodom; Abraham was walking with them, to see them on their way. The LORD reflected: "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, now that he is to become a great and populous nation, and all the nations of the earth are to find blessing in him? Indeed, I have singled him out that he may direct his sons and his posterity to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD may carry into effect for Abraham the promises he made about him."
Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites dwelt, was there no hail. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said to them, "I have sinned again! The LORD is just; it is I and my subjects who are at fault. Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough of God's thunder and hail. Then I will let you go; you need stay no longer."
You shall keep away from anything dishonest. The innocent and
the just you shall not put to death, nor shall you acquit the
guilty. [EX 23:7]
Never take a bribe, for a bribe blinds even the most
clear-sighted and twists the words even of the just. [EX 23:8]
Who has ever counted the dust of Jacob, or numbered Israel's
wind-borne particles? May I die the death of the just, may my
descendants be as many as theirs! [NUM 23:10]
"The plea of Zelophehad's daughters is just; you shall
give them hereditary property among their father's kinsmen,
letting their father's heritage pass on to them." [NUM 27:7]
"You shall not keep two differing weights in your bag, one large and the other small; nor shall you keep two different measures in your house, one large and the other small. But use a true and just weight, and a true and just measure, that you may have a long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you. Everyone who is dishonest in any of these matters is an abomination to the LORD, your God."
The Rock - how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!
A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is! [DEUT
Sing of them to the strains of the harpers at the wells, where
men recount the just deeds of the LORD, his just deeds that
brought freedom to Israel. [JUDG 5:11]
He raises the needy from the dust; from the ash heap he lifts
up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne
their heritage. He gives to the vower his vow, and blesses the
sleep of the just. "For the pillars of the earth are the
LORD'S, and he has set the world upon them." [1SAM 2:8]
The LORD will hold him responsible for his own blood, because
he struck down two men better and more just than himself, and slew
them with the sword without my father David's knowledge: Abner,
son of Ner, general of Israel's army, and Amasa, son of Jether,
general of Judah's army. [1KGS 2:32]
"If a man sins against his neighbor and is required to take an oath sanctioned by a curse, when he comes and takes the oath before your altar in this temple, listen in heaven; take action and pass judgment on your servants. Condemn the wicked and punish him for his conduct, but acquit the just and establish his
innocence." [1KGS 8:31-32]
Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the commanders of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them: "Thus says the LORD: 'You have abandoned me, and therefore I have abandoned you to the power of Shishak.'" However, the commanders of Israel and the king humbled themselves saying, "The LORD is just." When the LORD saw that they had humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: "Because they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them; I will give them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem through Shishak."
"O LORD, God of Israel, you are just; yet we have been spared,
the remnant we are today. Here we are before you in our sins.
Because of all this, we can no longer stand in your
presence." [EZRA 9:15]
When you had found his heart faithful in your sight, you made
the covenant with him to give to him and his posterity the land of
the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and
Girgashites. These promises of yours you fulfilled, for you are
just. [NEH 9:8]
On Mount Sinai you came down, you spoke with them from heaven;
You gave them just ordinances, firm laws, good statutes, and
commandments [Taken from NEH 9:13]
"Now, therefore, O our God, great, mighty, and awesome God, you who in your mercy preserve the covenant, take into account all the disasters that have befallen us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and your entire people, from the time of the kings of Assyria until this day! In all that has come upon us you have been just, for you kept faith while we have done evil."
"You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just;
All your ways are mercy and truth; you are the judge of the world."
This was his dream. There was noise and tumult, thunder and earthquake-confusion upon the earth. Two great dragons came on, both poised for combat. They uttered a mighty cry, and at their cry every nation prepared for war, to fight against the race of the just. It was a dark and gloomy day. Tribulation and distress, evil and great confusion, lay upon the earth. The whole race of the just were dismayed with fear of the evils to come upon them, and were at the point of destruction. Then they cried out to God, and as they cried, there appeared to come forth a great river, a flood of water from a little spring. The light of the sun broke forth; the lowly were exalted and they devoured the nobles. Having seen this dream and what God intended to do, Mordecai awoke. He kept it in mind, and tried in every way, until night, to understand its meaning.
But now we have sinned in your sight, and you have delivered us into the hands of our enemies, because we worshiped their gods. You are just, O Lord. [ESTH
But we find that the Jews, who were doomed to extinction by this archcriminal, are not evildoers, but rather are governed by very just laws and are the children of the Most High, the living God of majesty, who has maintained the kingdom in a flourishing condition for us and for our forebears. "You will do well, then, to ignore the letter sent by Haman, son of Hammedatha, for he who composed it has been [killed]... Thus swiftly has God, who governs all, brought just punishment upon him."
[Taken from ESTH E:15-18]
When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal; his heart was
moved and his just fury was aroused; he sprang forward and killed
him upon the altar. [1MACC 2:24]
A group of scribes, however, gathered about Alcimus and
Bacchides to ask for a just agreement. [1MACC 7:12]
The prayer was as follows: "Lord, Lord God, creator of all things, awesome and strong, just and merciful, the only king and benefactor, who alone are gracious, just, almighty, and eternal, Israel's savior from all evil, who chose our forefathers and sanctified them"
[Taken from 2MACC 1:24-25]
My brothers, after enduring brief pain, have drunk of
never-failing life, under God's covenant, but you, by the judgment
of God, shall receive just punishments for your arrogance. [2MACC
But Lysias was not a stupid man. He reflected on the defeat he had suffered, and came to realize that the Hebrews were invincible because the mighty God was their ally. He therefore sent a message
persuading them to settle everything on just terms, and promising to persuade the king also, and to induce him to become their friend.
As soon as Judas heard of the barbarous deed perpetrated against his countrymen, he summoned his men; and after calling upon God, the just judge, he marched against the murderers of his kinsmen. In a night attack he set the harbor on fire, burnt the boats, and put to the sword those who had taken refuge there.
On the following day, since the task had now become urgent, Judas and his men went to gather up the bodies of the slain and bury them with their kinsmen in their ancestral tombs. But under the tunic of each of the dead they found amulets sacred to the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to wear. So it was clear to all that this was why these men had been slain. They all therefore praised the ways of the Lord, the just judge who brings to light the things that are hidden.
It was altogether just that he who had committed so many sins
against the altar with its pure fire and ashes should meet his
death in ashes. [2MACC 13:8]
I have become the sport of my neighbors: "The one whom God
answers when he calls upon him, The just, the perfect man,"
is a laughing-stock [JOB 12:4]
Is it of advantage to the Almighty if you are just? Or is it a
gain to him if you make your ways perfect? [JOB 22:3]
The just look on and are gladdened, and the innocent deride
them [JOB 22:19]
How can a man be just in God's sight, or how can any woman's
child be innocent? [JOB 25:4]
This is the portion of a wicked man from God, the inheritance an oppressor receives from the Almighty: Though his children be many, the sword is their destiny. His offspring shall not be filled with bread. His survivors, when they die, shall have no burial, and their widows shall not be mourned. Though he heap up silver like dust and store away mounds of clothing, What he has stored the just man shall wear, and the innocent shall divide the silver. [JOB
But you have said in my hearing, as I listened to the sound of your words: "I am clean and without transgression; I am innocent; there is no guilt in me. Yet he invents pretexts against me and reckons me as his enemy. He puts my feet in the stocks; he watches all my ways!" In this you are not just, let me tell you; for God is greater than man. [JOB
Do you think it right to say, "I am just rather than
God?" [JOB 35:2]
Behold, God rejects the obstinate in heart; he preserves not the life of the wicked. He withholds not the just man's rights, but grants vindication to the oppressed, And with kings upon thrones he sets them, exalted forever. [JOB
But not the wicked! They are like chaff driven by the wind.
Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. [PS
The LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the
wicked leads to ruin. [PS 1:6]
For you, LORD, bless the just; you surround them with favor
like a shield. [PS 5:13]
A shield before me is God who saves the honest heart. God is a just judge, who rebukes in anger every day. If sinners do not repent, God sharpens his sword, strings and readies the bow, Prepares his deadly shafts, makes arrows blazing thunderbolts. [PS
The LORD is just and loves just deeds; the upright shall see
his face. [PS 11:7]
Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon the LORD. They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just. [PS
I am just - let me see your face; when I awake, let me be filled
with your presence. [PS 17:15]
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just; More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb. By them your servant is instructed; obeying them brings much reward. [PS
Strike dumb their lying lips, proud lips that attack the just
in contempt and scorn. [PS 31:19]
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you
upright of heart. [PS 32:11]
Rejoice, you just, in the LORD; praise from the upright is
fitting. [PS 33:1]
The LORD has eyes for the just and ears for their cry. The LORD'S face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress. [PS
Many are the troubles of the just, but the LORD delivers from
them all. [PS 34:20]
Evil will slay the wicked; those who hate the just are
condemned. [PS 34:22]
Defend me because you are just, LORD; my God, do not let them
gloat over me. [PS 35:24]
Put to shame and confound all who relish my misfortune. Clothe with shame and disgrace those who lord it over me. But let those who favor my just cause shout for joy and be glad. May they ever say, "Exalted be the LORD who delights in the peace of his loyal servant." [PS
How precious is your love, O God! We take refuge in the shadow of your wings. We feast on the rich food of your house; from your delightful stream you give us drink. For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light. Continue your kindness toward your friends, your just defense of the honest heart. [PS
The wicked plot against the just and grind their teeth at them; But the LORD laughs at them, knowing their day is coming. [PS
Better the poverty of the just than the great wealth of the
wicked. [PS 37:16]
The arms of the wicked will be broken; the LORD will sustain
the just. [PS 37:17]
The wicked borrow but do not repay; the just are generous in
giving. [PS 37:21]
Neither in my youth, nor now in old age have I ever seen the
just abandoned or their children begging bread. [PS 37:25]
The just always lend generously, and their children become a
blessing. [PS 37:26]
The just will possess the land and live in it forever. [PS
The mouths of the just utter wisdom; their tongues speak what
is right. [PS 37:30]
The wicked spy on the just and seek to kill them. But the LORD does not leave the just in their power, nor let
them be condemned when tried. [PS 37:32-33]
The salvation of the just is from the LORD, their refuge in
time of distress. [PS 37:39]
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. [PS
Then the just shall rejoice to see the vengeance and bathe
their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then it will be said: "Truly there is a reward for the
just; there is a God who is judge on earth!" [PS 58:11-12]
The just will rejoice and take refuge in the LORD; all the
upright will glory in their God. [PS 64:11]
God will arise for battle; the enemy will be scattered; those who hate God will flee. The wind will disperse them like smoke; as wax is melted by fire, so the wicked will perish before God. Then the just will be glad; they will rejoice before God; they will celebrate with great joy. [PS
Strike them from the book of the living; do not count them
among the just! [PS 69:29]
My mouth shall proclaim your just deeds, day after day your
acts of deliverance, though I cannot number them all. [PS 71:15]
Who has said: "I will break off all the horns of the
wicked, but the horns of the just shall be lifted up." [PS
The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a
cedar of Lebanon. [PS 92:13]
As they proclaim: "The LORD is just; our rock, in whom
there is no wrong." [PS 92:16]
Happy those whom you guide, LORD, whom you teach by your instruction. You give them rest from evil days, while a pit is being dug for the wicked. You, LORD, will not forsake your people, nor abandon your very own. Judgment shall again be just, and all the upright of heart will follow it. [PS
Can unjust judges be your allies, those who create burdens in the name of law, Those who conspire against the just and condemn the innocent to death? No, the LORD is my secure height, my God, the rock where I find refuge, Who will turn back their evil upon them and destroy them for their wickedness. Surely the LORD our God will destroy them! [PS
Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you just, and praise his holy name. [PS
Happy those who do what is right, whose deeds are always just.
Hallelujah! Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in God's commands. Their descendants shall be mighty in the land,
generation upright and blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in their homes; their prosperity shall endure forever. They shine through the darkness, a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and
just. All goes well for those gracious in lending, who conduct their affairs with justice. They shall never be shaken; the just shall be remembered forever. They shall not fear an ill report; their hearts are steadfast, trusting the LORD. [PS
Gracious is the LORD and just; yes, our God is merciful. [PS
Happy those whose way is blameless, who walk by the teaching of the LORD. Happy those who observe God's decrees, who seek the LORD with all their heart. They do no wrong; they walk in God's ways. You have given them the command to keep your precepts with care. May my ways be firm in the observance of your laws!
Then I will not be ashamed to ponder all your commands. I will praise you with sincere heart as I study your just edicts. I will keep your laws; do not leave me all alone. [PS
Though the snares of the wicked surround me, your teaching I do not forget. At midnight I rise to praise you because your edicts are just. I am the friend of all who fear you, of all who keep your precepts. [PS
I know, LORD, that your edicts are just; though you afflict me,
you are faithful. [PS 119:75]
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path. I make a solemn vow to keep your just edicts. I am very much afflicted, LORD; give me life in accord with your word. [PS
I have fulfilled your just edict; do not abandon me to my
oppressors. [PS 119:121]
You are righteous, LORD, and just are your edicts. You have issued your decrees in justice and in surpassing faithfulness. [PS
Your decrees are forever just; give me discernment that I may
live. [PS 119:144]
Your every word is enduring; all your just edicts are forever.
I rejoice at your promise, as one who has found rich spoil.
Falsehood I hate and abhor; your teaching I love. Seven times a day I praise you because your edicts are just. Lovers of your teaching have much peace; for them there is no stumbling block. [PS
May my tongue sing of your promise, for all your commands are just. Keep your hand ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, LORD; your teaching is my delight. [PS
The scepter of the wicked will not prevail in the land given
to the just, Lest the just themselves turn their hands to evil.
Much have they oppressed me from my youth, now let Israel say.
Much have they oppressed me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed. Upon my back the plowers plowed, as they traced their long furrows. But the just LORD cut me free from the ropes of the yoke of the wicked. [PS
Slanderers will not survive on earth; evil will quickly entrap the violent. For I know the LORD will secure justice for the needy, their rights for the poor. Then the just will give thanks to your name; the upright will dwell in your presence. [PS
Do not let my heart incline to evil, or yield to any sin. I will never feast upon the fine food of evildoers. Let the just strike me; that is kindness; let them rebuke me; that is oil for my head. All this I shall not refuse, but will pray despite these trials. [PS
Lead me out of my prison, that I may give thanks to your name.
Then the just shall gather around me because you have been good to
me. [PS 142:8]
Do not enter into judgment with your servant; before you no
living being can be just. [PS 143:2]
You, LORD, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your
works. [PS 145:17]
The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: That men may appreciate wisdom and discipline, may understand words of
intelligence; May receive training in wise conduct, in what is right, just and honest; That resourcefulness may be imparted to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man by hearing them will advance in learning, an intelligent man will gain sound guidance, That he may comprehend proverb and parable, the words of the wise and their riddles. [PROV
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but the
dwelling of the just he blesses [PROV 3:33]
The way of the wicked is like darkness; they know not on what they stumble. But the path of the just is like shining light, that grows in brilliance till perfect day. [PROV 4:18-19]
Instruct a wise man, and he becomes still wiser; teach a just
man, and he advances in learning. [PROV 9:9]
The LORD permits not the just to hunger, but the craving of the
wicked he thwarts. [PROV 10:3]
Blessings are for the head of the just, but a rod for the back
of the fool. [PROV 10:6]
The memory of the just will be blessed, but the name of the
wicked will rot. [PROV 10:7]
A fountain of life is the mouth of the just, but the mouth of
the wicked conceals violence. [PROV 10:11]
The just man's recompense leads to life, the gains of the
wicked, to sin. [PROV 10:16]
Like choice silver is the just man's tongue; the heart of the
wicked is of little worth. [PROV 10:20]
The just man's lips nourish many, but fools die for want of
sense. [PROV 10:21]
What the wicked man fears will befall him, but the desire of
the just will be granted. [PROV 10:24]
When the tempest passes, the wicked man is no more; but the
just man is established forever. [PROV 10:25]
The hope of the just brings them joy, but the expectation of
the wicked comes to nought. [PROV 10:28]
The just man will never be disturbed, but the wicked will not
abide in the land. [PROV 10:30]
The mouth of the just yields wisdom, but the perverse tongue
will be cut off. [PROV 10:31]
The lips of the just know how to please, but the mouth of the
wicked, how to pervert. [PROV 10:32]
The just man escapes trouble, and the wicked man falls into it
in his stead. [PROV 11:8]
With his mouth the impious man would ruin his neighbor, but
through their knowledge the just make their escape. [PROV 11:9]
When the just prosper, the city rejoices; and when the wicked
perish, there is jubilation. [PROV 11:10]
Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are
just shall escape. [PROV 11:21]
The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of
the wicked is wrath. [PROV 11:23]
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but like green leaves
the just flourish. [PROV 11:28]
If the just man is punished on earth, how much more the wicked
and the sinner! [PROV 11:31]
No man is built up by wickedness, but the root of the just will
never be disturbed. [PROV 12:3]
The plans of the just are legitimate; the designs of the wicked
are deceitful. [PROV 12:5]
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the
just stands firm. [PROV 12:7]
The just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the
wicked is merciless. [PROV 12:10]
The stronghold of evil men will be demolished, but the root of
the just is enduring. [PROV 12:12]
In the sin of his lips the evil man is ensnared, but the just
comes free of trouble. [PROV 12:13]
No harm befalls the just, but the wicked are overwhelmed with
misfortune. [PROV 12:21]
The just man surpasses his neighbor, but the way of the wicked
leads them astray. [PROV 12:26]
Anything deceitful the just man hates, but the wicked brings
shame and disgrace. [PROV 13:5]
The light of the just shines gaily, but the lamp of the wicked
goes out. [PROV 13:9]
Misfortune pursues sinners, but the just shall be recompensed
with good. [PROV 13:21]
The good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children,
but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just. [PROV
When the just man eats, his hunger is appeased; but the belly
of the wicked suffers want. [PROV 13:25]
Guilt lodges in the tents of the arrogant, but favor in the
house of the just. [PROV 14:9]
Evil men must bow down before the good, and the wicked, at the
gates of the just. [PROV 14:19]
The wicked man is overthrown by his wickedness, but the just
man finds a refuge in his honesty. [PROV 14:32]
In the house of the just there are ample resources, but the
earnings of the wicked are in turmoil. [PROV 15:6]
The just man weighs well his utterance, but the mouth of the
wicked pours out evil. [PROV 15:28]
The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he
hears. [PROV 15:29]
He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both
an abomination to the LORD. [PROV 17:15]
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the just man runs to it
and is safe. [PROV 18:10]
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD
than sacrifice. [PROV 21:3]
The just man appraises the house of the wicked: there is one
who brings down the wicked to ruin. [PROV 21:12]
The wicked man serves as ransom for the just, and the faithless
man for the righteous. [PROV 21:18]
Some are consumed with avarice all the day, but the just man
gives unsparingly. [PROV 21:26]
The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a
wise son will have joy in him. [PROV 23:24]
Lie not in wait against the home of the just man, ravage not
his dwelling place; For the just man falls seven times and rises again, but the
wicked stumble to ruin. [PROV 24:15-16]
He who says to the wicked man, "You are just" - men will curse him, people will denounce him; But those who convict the evildoer will fare well, and on them will come the blessing of prosperity. [PROV
Be not a witness against your neighbor without just cause, thus
committing folly with your lips. [PROV 24:28]
Like a troubled fountain or a polluted spring is a just man who
gives way before the wicked. [PROV 25:26]
The wicked man flees although no one pursues him; but the just
man, like a lion, feels sure of himself. [PROV 28:1]
When the just are triumphant, there is great jubilation; but
when the wicked gain preeminence, people hide. [PROV 28:12]
When the wicked gain pre-eminence, other men hide; but at their
fall the just flourish. [PROV 28:28]
When the just prevail, the people rejoice; but when the wicked
rule, the people groan. [PROV 29:2]
The wicked man steps into a snare, but the just man runs on
joyfully. [PROV 29:6]
The just man has a care for the rights of the poor; the wicked
man has no such concern. [PROV 29:7]
When the wicked prevail, crime increases; but their downfall
the just will behold. [PROV 29:16]
The evildoer is an abomination to the just, and he who walks
uprightly is an abomination to the wicked. [PROV 29:27]
Open your mouth, decree what is just, defend the needy and the
poor! [PROV 31:9]
And I said to myself, both the just and the wicked God will
judge, since there is a time for every affair and on every work a
judgment. [ECCL 3:17]
I have seen all manner of things in my vain days: a just man perishing in his justice, and a wicked one surviving in his wickedness. "Be not just to excess, and be not overwise, lest you be ruined. Be not wicked to excess, and be not foolish. Why should you die before your time?" It is good to hold to this rule, and not to let that one go; but he who fears God will win through at all events.
This is a vanity which occurs on earth: there are just men
treated as though they had done evil and wicked men treated as
though they had done justly. This, too, I say is vanity. [ECCL
[The wicked say:] "Let us oppress the needy just man; let us neither spare the widow nor revere the old man for his hair grown white with time. But let our strength be our norm of justice; for weakness proves itself useless. Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our
training. He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD. To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, Because his life is not like other men's, and different are his ways. He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father. Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes. With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience. Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him." These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, And they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls' reward. [Taken from WISDOM
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. [WISDOM
But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
Yes, the just man dead condemns the sinful who live, and youth swiftly completed condemns the many years of the wicked man
grown old. For they see the death of the wise man and do not understand what the LORD intended for him, or why he made him secure. They see, and hold him in contempt; but the LORD laughs them to scorn. [WISDOM
Then shall the just one with great assurance confront his oppressors who set at nought his labors. Seeing this, they shall be shaken with dreadful fear, and amazed at the unlooked-for salvation.
They shall say among themselves, rueful and groaning through anguish of spirit: "This is he whom once we held as a laughingstock
and as a type for mockery, fools that we were! His life we accounted madness, and his death dishonored. See how he is accounted among the sons of God; how his lot is with the saints!" [WISDOM
Yes, the hope of the wicked is like thistledown borne on the wind,
and like fine, tempest-driven foam; Like smoke scattered by the wind, and like the passing memory of the nomad camping for a single day. But the just live forever, and in the LORD is their recompense, and the thought of them is with the Most High.
Therefore shall they receive the splendid crown, the beauteous diadem, from the hand of the
LORD - For he shall shelter them with his right hand, and protect them with his arm. [WISDOM
[Wisdom] She preserved the first-formed father of the world when he alone had been created; And she raised him up from his fall, and gave him power to rule all things. But when the unjust man withdrew from her in his anger, he perished through his fratricidal wrath.
When on his account the earth was flooded, Wisdom again saved it, piloting the just man on frailest wood. She, when the nations were sunk in universal wickedness, knew the just man, kept him blameless before God, and preserved him resolute against pity for his child.
She delivered the just man from among the wicked who were being destroyed, when he fled as fire descended upon
Pentapolis - Where as a testimony to its wickedness, there yet remain a smoking desert, Plants bearing fruit that never ripens, and the tomb of a disbelieving soul, a standing pillar of salt. But Wisdom delivered from tribulations those who served her. She, when the just man fled from his brother's anger, guided him in direct ways, Showed him the kingdom of God and gave him knowledge of holy things; She prospered him in his labors and made abundant the fruit of his works, Stood by him against the greed of his defrauders, and enriched him; She preserved him from foes, and secured him against ambush, And she gave him the prize for his stern struggle that he might know that devotion to God is mightier than all else. She did not abandon the just man when he was sold, but delivered him from sin. She went down with him into the dungeon, and did not desert him in his bonds, Until she brought him the scepter of royalty and authority over his oppressors, Showed those who had defamed him false, and gave him eternal glory. The holy people and blameless
race - it was she who delivered them from the nation that oppressed them. She entered the soul of the LORD'S servant, and withstood fearsome kings with signs and portents; she gave the holy ones the recompense of their labors, Conducted them by a wondrous road, and became a shelter for them by day and a starry flame by night. She took them across the Red Sea and brought them through the deep
waters - But their enemies she overwhelmed, and cast them up from the bottom of the depths. Therefore the just despoiled the wicked; and they sang, O LORD, your holy name Because Wisdom opened the mouths of the dumb, and gave ready speech to infants. [Taken from WISDOM 10:1-7,9-21]
Both those afar off and those close by were afflicted: the latter you tested, admonishing them as a father; the former as a stern king you probed and condemned. For a twofold grief took hold of them and a groaning at the remembrance of the ones who had departed. For when they heard that the cause of their own torments was a benefit to these others, they recognized the Lord. Him who of old had been cast out in exposure they indeed mockingly rejected; but in the end of events, they marveled at him, since their thirst proved unlike that of the just. [WISDOM
But as you are just, you govern all things justly; you regard
it as unworthy of your power to punish one who has incurred no
blame. [WISDOM 12:15]
And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are
just must be kind; And you gave your sons good ground for hope
that you would permit repentance for their sins. [WISDOM 12:19]
For against all expectation, in water which quenches anything,
the fire grew more active; For the universe fights on behalf of
the just. [WISDOM 16:17]
But this fire, again, that the just might be nourished, forgot even its proper strength [Taken from WISDOM 16:23]
Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the
destruction of their foes. [WISDOM 18:7]
But the trial of death touched at one time even the just, and
in the desert a plague struck the multitude; Yet not for long did
the anger last. [WISDOM 18:20]
Have just men for your table companions; in the fear of God be
your glory. [SIRACH 9:16]
It is not just to despise a man who is wise but poor, nor
proper to honor any sinner. [SIRACH 10:22]
The LORD'S gift remains with the just; his favor brings
continued success. [SIRACH 11:17]
God's blessing is the lot of the just man, and in due time his
hopes bear fruit. [SIRACH 11:22]
Do good to the just man and reward will be yours, if not from
him, from the LORD. [SIRACH 12:2]
Is a wolf ever allied with a lamb? So it is with the sinner and
the just. [SIRACH 13:16]
A criminal does not escape with his plunder; a just man's hope
God does not leave unfulfilled. [SIRACH 16:13]
Say not: "I am hidden from God; in heaven who remembers me?
Among so many people I cannot be known; what am I in the world of spirits? Behold, the heavens, the heaven of heavens, the earth and the abyss tremble at his visitation; The roots of the mountains, the earth's foundations, at his mere glance, quiver and quake. Of me, therefore, he will take no thought; with my ways who will concern
himself? If I sin, no eye will see me; if all in secret I am disloyal, who is to know? Who tells him of just deeds and what could I expect for doing my duty?" Such are the thoughts of senseless men, which only the foolish knave will think. [SIRACH
The Eternal is the judge of all things without exception; the
LORD alone is just. [SIRACH 18:1]
A man who often swears heaps up obligations; the scourge will
never be far from his house. If he swears in error, he incurs
guilt; if he neglects his obligation, his sin is doubly great. If
he swears without reason he cannot be found just, and all his
house will suffer affliction. [SIRACH 23:11]
Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not as many as by the tongue. Happy he who is sheltered from it, and has not endured its wrath; Who has not borne its yoke nor been fettered with its chain; For its yoke is a yoke of iron and its chains are chains of bronze! Dire is the death it inflicts, besides which even the nether world is a gain; It will not take hold among the just nor scorch them in its flame, But those who forsake the LORD will fall victims to it, as it burns among them unquenchably!... As you hedge round your vineyard with thorns, set barred doors over your mouth; As you seal up your silver and gold, so balance and weigh your words. [Taken from SIRACH
As evil contrasts with good, and death with life, so are
sinners in contrast with the just [SIRACH 33:14]
Appear not before the LORD empty-handed, for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts. The just man's offering enriches the altar and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High. The just man's sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten. In generous spirit pay homage to the LORD, be not sparing of freewill gifts.
Flee wickedness; let your hands be just, cleanse your heart of
every sin [SIRACH 38:10]
NOAH, found just and perfect, renewed the race in the time of devastation. Because of his worth there were survivors, and with a sign to him the deluge ended; A lasting agreement was made with him, that never should all flesh be destroyed. [SIRACH
Happy the just, for it will be well with them, the fruit of
their works they will eat. [ISA 3:10]
Woe to the champions at drinking wine, the valiant at mixing strong drink! To those who acquit the guilty for bribes, and deprive the just man of his rights! [ISA
Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that
keeps faith. [ISA 26:2]
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make
level. [ISA 26:7]
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone; All who are alert to do evil will be cut off, those
whose mere word condemns a man, Who ensnare his defender at the gate, and leave the just man with an empty claim. [ISA
Come here and declare in counsel together: Who announced this from the beginning and foretold it from of old? Was it not I, the LORD, besides whom there is no other God? There is no just and saving God but me. Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To me every knee shall bend;
by me every tongue shall swear, Saying, "Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Before him in shame shall come all who vent their anger against him. In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel." [ISA
Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for
my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.
The just man perishes, but no one takes it to heart; Devout men are swept away, with no one giving it a thought. Though he is taken away from the presence of evil, the just man enters into peace; There is rest on his couch for the sincere, straightforward man. [ISA
Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the law of their God; They ask me to declare what is due them,
pleased to gain access to God. [ISA 58:1-2]
No longer shall your sun go down, or your moon withdraw, For the LORD will be your light forever, and the days of your mourning shall be at an end. Your people shall all be just, they shall always possess the land, They, the bud of my planting, my handiwork to show my glory.
Then the LORD said to me: Rebel Israel is inwardly more just than traitorous Judah. Go, proclaim these words toward the north, and say: Return, rebel Israel, says the LORD, I will not remain angry with you; For I am merciful, says the LORD, I will not continue my wrath forever. [JER
But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and
heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I
have entrusted my cause! [JER 11:20]
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and
heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I
have entrusted my cause. [JER 20:12]
Thus says the LORD: Do what is right and just. Rescue the
victim from the hand of his oppressor. Do not wrong or oppress the
resident alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent
blood in this place. [JER 22:3]
Must you prove your rank among kings by competing with them in
cedar? Did not your father eat and drink? He did what was right
and just, and it went well with him. [JER 22:15]
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise
up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern
wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. [JER 23:5]
The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land.
The LORD has brought to light our just cause; come, let us tell
in Zion what the LORD, our God, has done. [JER 51:10]
"The LORD is just; I had defied his command. Listen, all
you peoples, and behold my suffering: My maidens and my youths
have gone into captivity." [LAM 1:18]
"Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we, like our fathers, are flushed with shame even today. All the evils of which the LORD had warned us have come upon us: and we did not plead before the LORD, or turn, each from the figments of his evil heart. And the LORD kept watch over the evils, and brought them home to us; for the LORD is just in all the works he commanded us to do, but we did not heed his voice, or follow the precepts of the LORD which he set before us." [BARUCH
"Not on the just deeds of our fathers and our kings do we base our plea for mercy in your sight, O LORD, our God. You have brought your wrath and anger down upon us, as you had warned us through your servants the
prophets" [Taken from BARUCH 2:19-20]
The better for the just man who has no idols: he shall be far
from disgrace! [BARUCH 6:72]
Samaria did not commit half your sins! You have done more
abominable things than they, and have even made your sisters
appear just, with all the abominable deeds you have done. You, then, bear your shame; you are an argument in favor of
your sisters! In view of your sinful deeds, more abominable than
theirs, they appear just in comparison with you. Blush for shame,
and bear the shame of having made your sisters appear just. [EZEK
If a man is virtuous - if he does what is right and just... if he lives by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances, that man is
virtuous - he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD. [EZEK 18:5,9]
You ask: "Why is not the son charged with the guilt of his father?" Because the son has done what is right and just, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. Only the one who sins shall die. The son shall not be charged with the guilt of his father, nor shall the father be charged with the guilt of his son. The virtuous man's virtue shall be his own, as the wicked man's wickedness shall be his own. But if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live? And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil, the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does, can he do this and still live? None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered, because he has broken faith and committed sin; because of this, he shall die. You say, "The LORD'S way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? When a virtuous man turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if a wicked man, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. And yet the house of Israel says, "The LORD'S way is not fair!" Is it my way that is not fair, house of Israel, or rather, is it not that your ways are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, each one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Turn and be converted from all your crimes, that they may be no cause of guilt for you.
But just men shall punish them with the sentence meted out to
adulteresses and murderesses, for they have committed adultery,
and blood is on their hands. [EZEK 23:45]
And though I say to the wicked man that he shall surely die, if he turns away from his sin and does what is right and just, giving back pledges, restoring stolen goods, living by the statutes that bring life, and doing no wrong, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the sins he committed shall be held against him; he has done what is right and just, he shall surely live. Yet your countrymen say, "The way of the LORD is not fair!"; but it is their way that is not fair.
When a virtuous man turns away from what is right and does wrong, he shall die for it. But when a wicked man turns away from wickedness and does what is right and just, because of this he shall live. And still you say, "The way of the LORD is not fair!"? I will judge every one of you according to his ways, O house of Israel. [EZEK
Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, you princes of Israel! Put away
violence and oppression, and do what is right and just! Stop
evicting my people! says the Lord GOD. [EZEK 45:9]
"Blessed are you, and praiseworthy, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and glorious forever is your name. For you are just in all you have done; all your deeds are faultless, all your ways right, and your judgments proper."
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord; praise and exalt
him above all forever. [DAN 3:86]
Therefore, I, Nebuchadnezzar, now praise and exalt and glorify
the King of heaven, because all his works are right and his ways
just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. [DAN 4:34]
As it is written in the law of Moses, this calamity came full upon us. As we did not appease the LORD, our God, by turning back from our wickedness and recognizing his constancy, so the LORD kept watch over the calamity and brought it upon us. You, O LORD, our God, are just in all that you have done, for we did not listen to your voice.
"Now, O Lord, our God, who led your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and made a name for yourself even to this day, we have sinned, we are guilty. O Lord, in keeping with all your just deeds, let your anger and your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. On account of our sins and the crimes of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become the reproach of all our neighbors. Hear, therefore, O God, the prayer and petition of your servant; and for your own sake, O Lord, let your face shine upon your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O my God, and listen; open your eyes and see our ruins and the city which bears your name. When we present our petition before you, we rely not on our just deeds, but on your great mercy."
When the people left at noon, Susanna used to enter her husband's garden for a walk. When the old men saw her enter every day for her walk, they began to lust for her. They suppressed their consciences;
they would not allow their eyes to look to heaven, and did not keep in mind just judgments. Though both were enamored of her, they did not tell each other their
trouble [Taken from DAN 13:7-10]
Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is
prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the
just walk, but sinners stumble in them. [HOSEA 14:10]
Yes, I know how many are your crimes, how grievous your sins: Oppressing the just, accepting bribes, repelling the needy at the gate! Therefore the prudent man is silent at this time, for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live;
Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! [AMOS
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the LORD, with authority and with might;
To declare to Jacob his crimes and to Israel his sins. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel!
You who abhor what is just, and pervert all that is right; Who build up Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness! Therefore, because of you, Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem reduced to rubble,
And the mount of the temple to a forest ridge. [MICAH 3:8-10,12]
My people, remember what Moab's King Balak planned, and how
Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him...from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the just deeds of the LORD. [MICAH 6:5]
This is why the law is benumbed, and judgment is never
rendered: Because the wicked circumvent the just; this is why
judgment comes forth perverted. [HAB 1:4]
Are you not from eternity, O LORD, my holy God, immortal? O LORD you have marked him for judgment, O
Rock, you have readied him for punishment! Too pure are your eyes to look upon evil, and the sight of misery you cannot endure.
Why, then, do you gaze on the faithless in silence while the wicked man devours one more just than himself?
The rash man has no integrity; but the just man, because of his
faith, shall live. [Taken from HAB 2:4]
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter
Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he,
Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. [ZECH
You have wearied the LORD with your words, yet you say,
"How have we wearied him?" By your saying, "Every
evildoer is good in the sight of the LORD, And he is pleased with
him"; or else, "Where is the just God?" [MAL 2:17]
You have said, "It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command,
And going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts? Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity." Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively;
And a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the
day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked;
Between him who serves God, and him who does not serve him. For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers
will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts.
[Jesus said,] "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors
do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the
same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
[Taken from MT 5:43-48]
Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
[Jesus said,] "I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my
judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will
of the one who sent me." [Taken from JN 5:30]
The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.
Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts
for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes
judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true. Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his
works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness.
What advantage is there then in being a Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every respect. (For) in the first place, they were entrusted with the utterances of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their infidelity nullify the fidelity of God? Of course not! God must be true, though every human
being is a liar, as it is written: "That you may be justified in your words, and conquer when you are judged." But if our wickedness provides proof of
God's righteousness, what can we say? Is God unjust, humanly speaking, to inflict his wrath? Of course not! For how else is God to judge the world? But if God's truth redounds to his glory through my falsehood, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not
say - as we are accused and as some claim we say - that we should do evil that good may come of it? Their penalty is what they deserve. Well, then, are we better off? Not entirely, for we have already brought the charge against Jews and Greeks alike that they are all under the domination of sin, as it is written: "There is no one just, not one,
there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have gone astray; all alike are worthless; there is not one who does good, (there is not) even one."
For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to
die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever
is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things. [PHIL 4:8]
Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God regarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions you endure. This is evidence of the just judgment of God, so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering. For it is surely just on God's part to repay with afflictions those who are afflicting you, and to grant rest along with us to you who are undergoing afflictions, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his mighty angels, in blazing fire, inflicting punishment on those who do not acknowledge God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal ruin, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, when he comes to be glorified among his holy ones
and to be marveled at on that day among all who have believed, for our testimony to you was believed.
For a bishop as God's steward must be blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid gain,
but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents.
For if the word announced through angels proved firm, and every transgression and disobedience received its just recompense, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? Announced originally through the Lord, it was confirmed for us by those who had heard. God added his testimony by signs, wonders, various acts of power, and distribution of the gifts of the
Holy Spirit according to his will. [HEB 2:2-4]
You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. "For, after just a brief moment,
he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him."
Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling." No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently
than that of Abel. See that you do not reject the one who speaks. For if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much more in our case if we turn away from the one who warns from heaven.
If we say, "We are without sin," we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, "We have not sinned," we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire. On the sea of glass were standing those who had won the victory over the beast and its image and the number that signified its name. They were holding God's harps, and they sang the song of Moses,
the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: "Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty.
Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name?
For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water. These also turned to blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
"You are just, O Holy One, who are and who were, in passing this sentence. For they have shed the blood of the holy
ones and the prophets, and you (have) given them blood to drink; it is what they deserve." Then I heard the altar cry out, "Yes, Lord God almighty, your judgments are true and just."
/ righteousness [R11]
/ uprightly [U]
/ virtues / virtuous [V]
/ graced / graceful [G6]
/ sanctified [S5]
/ wickedness [E3a]
/ unjustly [I1]
/ corrupted / corruption [C11]
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