The word “righteousness” is found 284 times in the Old and New Testament. The image below reveals the locations of each occurrence. This cool graph starts with Genesis in the top left and ends with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 25 most important Bible scriptures on self-righteousness.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 4:7
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
“Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness.”
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
“Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.’ These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.”
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth.
Those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.