Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY SHALL be FILLED. Matt. 6:33—But SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added to you. Rom. 10:3—For they being ignorant of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SEEKING TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT SUBMITTED to THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD. (4) For CHRIST is THE END of THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES. (6) But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven: (7) or, who will descend into the abyss? (8) but what DOES IT SAY? The word is near you, even in your mouth and heart” that is THE WORD OF FAITH which we preach: (9) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. (Acts. 13:32—And we declare to you glad tidings—THAT PROMISE which was made to the fathers, (33) God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the second Psalm.: You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You.) (Ps 2:6—Yet I have set MY SON on my HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (8) Ask of Me and I will GIVE You, the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) Returning to Rom. 10:13--For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (14) How then shall they hear WITHOUT A PREACHER? And how shall they preach unless they are SENT? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS. (16) But they have not all OBEYED the GOSPEL. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our report? (Is. 52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who proclaims PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS, Who proclaims SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS.)
Rom. 10:17--So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING by THE WORD OF GOD. (18) But I say, have they not HEARD? YES INDEED: Their sound has gone out TO ALL THE EARTH, and THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. (Ps.19:4—Their line has gone out through ALL THE EARTH and THEIR WORDS to THE END OF THE WORLD. In THEM He has SET A TABERNACLE FOR THE SUN, (5) which is like A BRIDEGROOM COMING OUT OF HIS CHAMBER, and REJOICES like a strong man to RUN ITS RACE. Is. 62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to THE END OF THE WORLD: “say to the daughter of ZION, “Surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.” Is. 61:10—I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful 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 with ORNAMENTS, and as A BRIDE adorns herself with her JEWELS. (11) For as the earth brings forth its BUD, as THE GARDEN causes the things that are sown in it to SPRING FORTH, So the Lord God will cause RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS. (Is. 49:18—Lift up your eyes, look around and see; ALL THESE GATHER and COME TO YOU. As I live, “says the Lord, “YOU SHALL SURELY CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM ON YOU AS A BRIDE DOES.) (Is. 62:6—I have set WATCHMEN on your walls, O JERUSALEM, who shall never hold their peace day or night, YOU WHO MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD, DO NOT KEEP SILENT, (7) And GIVE HIM NO REST till He establishes and till He makes JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN THE EARTH. (1) For ZIONS sake I will not hold My peace, and for JERUSALEM’S sake I will not rest, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and her SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (Ps. 135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM.) (Ps. 5:12—For You, O Lord, will BLESS the RIGHTEOUS; with FAVOR You will surround him as WITH A SHIELD.
Is. 51:1—Listen to Me, you who FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, you WHO SEEK THE LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (2) LOOK to ABRAHAM your father, and to SARAH who bore you, for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him. (3) For the Lord will comfort ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the GARDEN OF THE LORD; JOY and GLADNESS will be found in it, THANKSGIVING and the voice of MELODY. (5) MY RIGHTEOUSNESS is NEAR, MY SALVATION has gone FORTH, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon Me, and on MY ARM THEY WILL TRUST. (7) Listen to Me, you WHO KNOW RIGHTEOUSNESS, you people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings. (8) For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool: BUT MY RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL BE FOREVER, and MY SALVATION FROM GENERATION to GENERATION. (Ps. 11:7—For the Lord is RIGHTEOUS, He loves RIGHTEOUSNESS; His countenance beholds the upright.)
Gal. 3:2—This only I want to learn from you: Did you RECEIVE THE SPIRIT by the works of the law, or by the HEARING of FAITH? (3) Are you so foolish? Having begun in THE SPIRIT, are you now being made PERFECT by THE FLESH? (4) have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? (5) Therefore He who SUPPLIES THE SPIRIT to you and WORKS MIRACLES AMONG YOU, does he do it by the works of the law, or BY THE HEARING OF FAITH?—(6) just as ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, and IT was ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTOUESNESS. (7) Therefore KNOW that only those WHO ARE OF FAITH are sons of ABRAHAM. (8) And the Scripture foreseeing that GOD WOULD JUSTIFY THE NATIONS BY FAITH, PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying, “In you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED.” (19) So then those who ARE OF FAITH are BLESSED with believing ABRAHAM. (11) But that NO ONE is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, FOR THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. (13) Christ has REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, having become a curse for us (14) that THE BLESSING of ABRAHAM MIGHT COME UPON THE GENTILES in CHRIST JESUS, that we might receive THE PROMISE of the spirit through FAITH. Rom.4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. Gal. 4:29—And if you are Christ’s, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Heb.
11:1—Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (6) But WITHOUT FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is A REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. (7) By FAITH NOAH, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of HIS HOUSEHOLD, by WHICH HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. 1 John 5:4—For whatever is BORN of GOD overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our FAITH. (5) Who is He who overcomes the world, but he who believes that JESUS is THE SON OF GOD? (6) This is He, WHO CAME BY WATER, and BLOOD—Jesus Christ; not ONLY BY WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is the Spirit who BEARS WITNESS because THE SPIRIT is TRUTH.
2 Corin. 3:7—But if the ministry of DEATH, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of MOSES because of THE GLORY of his countenance, which glory was fading away, (8) how will THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT NOT BE MORE GLORIOUS? (9) For IF THE MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION HAD GLORY, (John 3:16—For God so loved the world that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but that THE WORLD THROUGH HIM might BE SAVED.) Returning to 2 Corin. 3:9—the MINISTRY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEEDS MUCH MORE IN GLORY. Ps. 40:6—SACRIFICE and offering YOU DID NOT DESIRE; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and SIN OFFERING YOU DID NOT REQUIRE. (7) Then I said, “Behold, I come in the scroll of the Book it is written of me. (8) I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and YOUR LAW is within my heart. (9) I have proclaimed THE GOOD NEWS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; Ps. 22:25—My PRAISE shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; I WILL PAY MY VOW before those who fear Him.
(Ps. 65:1—PRAISE is awaiting You, O God in ZION; and to YOU THE VOW SHALL BE PERFORMED; (2) O You who HEAR prayer, to you ALL FLESH WILL COME. (5) By awesome deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will answer us, O God of our SALVATION, You who ARE THE CONFIDENCE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) (Ps. 22:25—My PRAISE shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. (28) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATONS.)
Ps. 15:1—Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in YOUR HOLY HILL? (2) He who walks UPRIGHTLY, and works RIGHTEOUSNESS, and speaks the TRUTH in his heart.
Ps. 15:1—Lord, WHO may abide in YOUR TABERNACLE? Who may dwell in YOUR HOLY HILL? (Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on MY HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will give You THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.) Returning to Ps. 15:2—He who walks UPRIGHTLY, (Pro. 2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS WILL REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH and the UNFAITHFUL will BE UPROOTED from it.) Returning to Ps. 15:2—and works RIGHTEOUSNESS, (Pro. 10:30—The RIGHTEOUS will NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.) (Ps. 43:3—Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; let THEM bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) Ps. 24:3—WHO may ascend into THE HILL of THE LORD? Or WHO may stand in HIS HOLY PLACE? (4) He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. (5) He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and RIGHTEOUSNESS from THE GOD OF HIS SALVATION. (6) THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION OF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE. Heb. 12:22-But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, (24) to JESUS THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of able.
Ps. 22:30—A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to THE NEXT GENERATION, (31) They will come and declare HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to a people WHO WILL BE BORN, that HE HAS DONE THIS. (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. (28) For THE KINGDOM IS THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps. 78:4—We WILL NOT HIDE THEM FROM THEIR CHILDREN, telling to THE GENERATION TO COME the PRAISES of THE LORD, and HIS STRENGTH and HIS WONDERFUL WORKS that HE HAS DONE. (5) For He established a testimony in JACOB, and appointed a LAW in ISRAEL, which HE COMMANDED OUR FATHERS, that they should MAKE THEM KNOWN TO THEIR CHILDREN; (6) that THE GENERATION TO COME MIGHT KNOW THEM, the children WHO WOULD BE BORN, that they may ARISE and DECLARE THEM to THEIR CHILDREN. (7) That they may SET THEIR HOPE IN GOD, and NOT FORGET THE WORKS OF GOD, but KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
Mal. 4:4—Remember the LAW of Moses, My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with THE STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE THE COMING of THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the hearts of the FATHERS to THE CHILDREN, and the hearts of THE CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE. Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF. (29) The RIGHTEOUS SHALL INHERIT THE LAND, and DWELL IN IT FOREVER. (34) Wait on the Lord. And KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT THE LAND; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. (37) Mark THE BLAMELESS man, and observe the UPRIGHT; (38) For the FUTURE of that man is PEACE. (39) But the SALVATION of the RIGHTEOUS is FROM THE LORD; He is their STRENGTH in THE TIME OF TROUBLE. (40) And the Lord shall HELP them and DELIVER THEM; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, BECAUSE THEY TRUST IN HIM.
Pro. 11:5—The RIGHTEOUSNESS of THE BLAMELESS will DIRECT HIS PATHS ARIGHT, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. (6) The RIGHTEOUSNESS of THE UPRIGHT will DELIVER them, but THE UNFAITHFUL will be taken by his own lusts. Pro.21:21—For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and THE BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) but the wicked will be CUT OFF from the EARTH, and THE UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT. Pro. 11:19—As RIGHTEOUSNESS leads to LIFE, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. (23) THE DESIRE of THE RIGHTEOUS is ONLY GOOD, but the EXPECTATION of the wicked is WRATH. (30) The fruit of THE RIGHTEOUS IS A TREE OF LIFE, and he who wins souls is wise. (31) IF THE RIGHTEOUS will be RECOMPENSED ON THE EARTH, how much more the wicked and the sinner.
Ps. 33:1—Rejoice in the Lord, O you RIGHTEOUS! For PRAISE from the UPRIGHT is BEAUTIFUL. (Is. 26:7—The way of the JUST is UPRIGHTNESS; O Most UPRIGHT, You weigh the path of the just. (8) Yes, in the way of YOUR JUDGMENTS, O Lord, we have WAITED FOR YOU; (Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly WAIT for Him He will appear A SECOND TIME, apart from sin, for SALVATION.) YES, BY MY SPIRIT I WILL SEEK YOU EARLY; For when YOUR JUDGMENTS are IN THE EARTH, THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD shall LEARN RIGHTEOUSNESS.)
Returning to Ps. 33:3---Sing to Him A NEW SONG; Play skillfully with a SHOUT of JOY. (4) For THE WORD of the Lord is RIGHT, and ALL His WORK is done in TRUTH. (5) He LOVES RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE; The earth is full of THE GOODNESS of THE LORD. (15) The eyes of the Lord are on the RIGHTEOUS, and His ears are open to their cry. (16) THE FACE OF THE LORD is AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL, TO CUT OFF THE REMEMBRANCE of THEM FROM THE EARTH. (17) THE RIGHTEOUS cry out, and the LORD HEARS, and DELIVERS THEM OUT OF ALL THEIR TROUBLES. (18) The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. (19) MANY are THE AFFLICTIONS of the RIGHTEOUS, but THE LORD DELIVERS HIM OUT OF THEM ALL. Ps. 36:6—Your RIGHTEOUSNESS is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, YOU PRESERVE MAN and BEAST. (7) How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust UNDER THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS. (8) They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the RIVER of YOUR PLEASURES. (9) For WITH YOU IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE; In YOUR LIGHT we SEE LIGHT. (10) Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those WHO KNOW YOU, and YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS to THE UPRIGHT IN HEART. Ps. 143:13—Surely THE RIGHTEOUS shall give thanks to Your name; THE UPRIGHT shall DWELL IN YOUR PRESENCE.
Ps. 37:3-Trust in the Lord, and do GOOD; DWELL IN THE LAND, and FEED ON HIS FAITHFULNESS. (4) Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (6) He shall bring forth YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS as THE LIGHT, and your justice as the noonday. (9) For evildoers shall be cut off; BUT THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (11) But THE MEEK shall INHERIT THE EARTH, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of PEACE. Matt. 5:5—Blessed are THE MEEK, for they SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. Matt. 21:5—Tell ye the daughter of ZION, behold, thy king cometh unto thee. MEEK, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. (KJV) (All other Scripture unless specified is from the NKJV) Ps. 35:27—Let them SHOUT FOR JOY and be GLAD who favor my RIGHTEOUS CAUSE; and let them say continually, “LET THE LORD BE MAGNIFIED, who has PLEASURE in THE PROSPERITY of HIS SERVANT. (28) And my tongue shall speak of YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS and of YOUR PRAISE all the DAY LONG. Ps. 48:19—According to Your name, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; YOUR RIGHT HAND IS FULL of RIGHTEOUSNESS, (11) Let MOUNT ZION rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. (12) Walk about ZION, and go all around her bulwarks; THAT YOU MAY TELL IT TO THE GENERATION FOLLOWING. (14) For THIS IS GOD, OUR GOD FOREVER AND EVER; He will be OUR GUIDE EVEN TO DEATH.
Ps. 72:1—Give the king YOUR JUDGMENTS, O God, and YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS to the king’s Son. (2) He will judge YOUR PEOPLE with RIGHTEOUSNESS, and YOUR POOR with JUSTICE. (3) The mountains will bring PEACE to the people, and the little hills by RIGHTEOUSNESS. (4) He will bring JUSTICE to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (5) They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. (6) He shall come down like RAIN upon the mown GRASS, like SHOWERS that WATER THE EARTH. (7) In His days THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL FLOURISH, and abundance of PEACE, until the moon is no more. (8) He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the RIVER to THE ENDS of THE EARTH.
Is 45:22—Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS of THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO other. (23) I have SWORN by MYSELF; THE WORD HAS GONE OUT OF MY MOUTH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue take an oath. (24) He shall say, SURELY IN THE LORD, I HAVE RIGHTEOUSNESS and STRENGTH. To Him men SHALL COME. Returning to Is. 45:25--In the Lord ALL the descendants of ISRAEL shall be justified, and shall GLORY. Ps. 85:8—I will HEAR what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak PEACE to HIS PEOPLE and to HIS SAINTS; but let them NOT turn back to folly. (9) Surely HIS SALVATION is NEAR to those who fear Him that GLORY may dwell in our land. (10) MERCY and TRUTH have met together; RIGHTEOUSNESS and PEACE have KISSED each other. (11) TRUTH shall spring out of the earth, and RIGHTEOUSNESS shall look down from heaven. (12) Yes, the Lord will GIVE what is GOOD; and our land will yield its increase. (13) RIGHTEOUSNESS will GO BEFORE HIM, and shall make HIS FOOTSTEPS OUR PATHWAY.
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Dear Sharon, Bless you, this is another incredible study! There were several passages that stood out to me and I will highlight them here: "Pro. 11:19—As RIGHTEOUSNESS leads to LIFE (23) THE DESIRE of THE RIGHTEOUS is ONLY GOOD(30) The fruit of THE RIGHTEOUS IS A TREE OF LIFE, and he who wins souls is wise.
Ps. 33:1—Rejoice in the Lord, O you RIGHTEOUS! For PRAISE from the UPRIGHT is BEAUTIFUL. Returning to Ps. 33:3---Sing to Him A NEW SONG; Play skillfully with a SHOUT of JOY. (4) For THE WORD of the Lord is RIGHT, and ALL His WORK is done in TRUTH. (5) He LOVES RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE; The earth is full of THE GOODNESS of THE LORD. (15) The eyes of the Lord are on the RIGHTEOUS, and His ears are open to their cry." I especially love, "RIGHTEOUSNESS leads to LIFE"! The 'real' life that can only come from accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior! And how our Lord loves to hear PRAISE from His righteous children - those who have heard His Word and responded with great faith and JOY! Sharon, thank you, once again, for inspiring us with God's Word and laying before us His Word is such a meaningful way! With love, always...Peggy