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Why is Matthew 6:1 rendered "righteousness" in NIV and ESV when Strongs renders it mercy, compassion or alms?

In Matthew 6:1 the word ἐλεημοσύνην is translated as righteousness by both the NIV and the ESV, yet in Strong's concordance or Thayer's the meaning of the word seems consistently closer to "mercy&...
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Identity of believers at the rapture

At the rapture, how will God identify those who have received His righteousness? Is it just because He knows those who are His? Are those who have received His righteousness now qualified for heaven? ...
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If Jesus has never sinned and has never done any wrong, why did he tell the The Rich Young Ruler that He is not Good and that God alone is good? [duplicate]

And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:18–19) Why did Christ make ...
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How should one interpret Isaiah 26:10

"Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord." (KJV) "Though ...
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Why did God impute righteousness to Abraham? Does Paul conflate Genesis 15 and Genesis 17 in Romans 4?

Paul states in Romans 4:22 that there was a reason that righteousness was imputed to Abraham ('therefore'). The reason (or reasons) are stated in 4:16-21: He believed God (who quickens the dead and ...
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What does Didache 5 mean by "not knowing a reward for righteousness"

Didache 5 "And the way of death is this: First of all it is evil and full of curse: murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, magic arts, witchcrafts, rapines, false ...
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Did Zacchaeus say "I [already] give," or "I will give" half his possessions to the poor (Luke 19:8)

Translators seem about equally divided on this question, with older translations such as KJV, Geneva, Darby and even RSV using the present tense and newer ones leaning toward the future tense. My ...
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The difference between zao and zaomai

The New testament uses both forms: zao and zaomai. The word zao means to live and zaomai is its medium(middle)/passive form. However I have never seen that anyone would have made any difference ...
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What is 'put on' in Psalm 132:9 ? What is the 'righteousness' and the 'salvation' that clothes?

Singing through the Songs of Degrees, morning by morning, I was struck by 132:9 and 16 and pondered on what it actually (in experience and in practice) means . . . . ... thy priests do put on ...
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How did Jesus fulfill the law in Matt. 5:17-20?

In Matt. 5:17-20 Jesus says: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one ...
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Is Psalm 85:13 a reference to the ministry of John the Baptist?

Righteousness shall go before him ; and shall set us in the way of his steps [Psalm 85:13 KJV] Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make a way for His footsteps. [Psalm 85:13 YLT] Malachi ...
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Does the etymology of the word "Righteousness" in the "Lord of our Righteousness" in Jeremiah 23:6 specifically refer to a covenant?

I overheard in a Sunday school lesson that the etymology of the word "righteous" includes the concept of a covenant that has since been lost in translation. However, I have been unable to ...
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In [Judith 10-15], How can God be pleased to allow Judith to speak lies in order to maintain Exodus 20:5, if Proverbs 12:22 is true?

In Judith chapters 10-11, the honest prophetess Judith temporarily becomes a liar to defend Israel by spreading false information about Israel in [Judith 10:12] and [Judith 11:12-19] to deceptively ...
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Are Gentiles born with a sinful nature or not? Ephesians 2:1-3 vs. Romans 2:12-16

Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV): And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is ...
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In Luke, Jesus speaks about the righteous not needing a physician. Just who were the righteous? (Luke 5:31)

It strains credulity that Christ considered anyone righteous before Him, and yet: Luke 5:31-32: "[Jesus] answered [the Pharisees and their scribes] and said to them, 'It is not those who are ...
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Romans 4:5 What does justification of the ungodly means? "one who doesn’t work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly" [closed]

Is this passage talking about a radical change in God's justice itself, or it is a mere change of the covenant condition for justification or righteousness? Exegete Paul's justification doctrine with ...
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Is Peter implying that the righteous can lose their salvation in 1 Peter 4:17-18?

1 Peter 4:17-18 (ESV): 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the ...
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When shall those who hunger and thirst for righteousness be satisfied? Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:6 (ESV): 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. When will this happen?
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Can a righteous person lose their salvation according to Ezekiel 33:12-16?

Ezekiel 33:12-16 (ESV): 12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall ...
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There is no one righteous

In certain passages one might be mislead to think that certain persons like Noah (Genesis 7:1), Job (Job 1:1), Zacharias and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5-6) were able to keep God's commandments. Genesis 7:1 ...
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(Psalm 17:14-15 / Matthew 10:37 & Luke 14:26) Is Psalm 17 author saying seeking God's righteousness should be higher priority than earthly children?

In Psalm 17:14-15, it seems as if the Psalm 17 author is saying that the wicked are more satisfied with their children, and leave all their possessions to their children, and suggests that it is wrong....
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In Matthew 6:33 what are "God's Kingdom and righteousness"?

Matthew 6:33 (KJV): But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. What exactly is Gods Kingdom and his righteousness?
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Exceed righteousness how? Matthew 5:20

When it says Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. ...
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What is the difference between "righteous" and "good" in Romans 5:7?

What do these words "righteous" and a "good man" mean in comparison in Romams 5:7, is there a categorical difference and what are the examples of this distinction found in ancient and rabbinic ...
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How does Romans 4:15b relate to its context?

Precisely what does Romans 4:15b (bolded below) mean, and how does it relate to its immediate context? 13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not ...
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How is the imputation of the righteousness of God effected in Christ and how can the believer be “in Him”?

I’m looking into the subject of justification and righteousness. My question is based on 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 ...
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How does the concept of "righteousness" cause the Spirit to be "life" in Romans 8:10?

I've long desired to break-through to an understanding of Romans 8:10, particularly the following emboldened concept: Romans 8:10 (KJV) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but ...
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What does εποιησεν, 'made', mean in II Corinthians 5:21?

In II Corinthians 5:21, we read : τον γαρ με γνοντα αμαρτιαν υπερ ημων αμαρτιαν εποιησεν ινα ημεις γινωμεθα δικαιοσυνη θεου εν αυτω [TR - Majority Text - Stephens 1550 from EGNT] for him who knew not ...
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Who are "they" in Romans 1?

After a short greeting, the second half or Romans 1 describes people who exchange righteousness for unrighteousness: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to ...
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In Romans 6:16 why does Paul say that obedience leads to righteousness, when righteousness is God's freely given gift?

Romans 6:16 (ESV) says: Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

Genesis 2 Adam was created from mud, and Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs. Both had remained naked in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and ...
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A Seeming Contradiction in Ezekiel 33:12-19

I am struggling to understand the translation of this text. Ezekiel 33:12-19 (ESV) 12 "And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he ...
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What does "lawful" mean in Paul's phrase "all things are lawful"?

I see several ways to understand the meaning of Paul's phrase "all things are lawful" in 1 Cor 6:12 and 1 Cor 10:23. "Lawful" could refer to: Things not specifically forbidden in the Bible; one ...
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Does the Hebrew text of Genesis 15:6 permit more than one understanding?

Genesis 15:6, in Masoretic text and JPS 1917, reads as follows: וְהֶאֱמִ֖ן בַּֽיהוָ֑ה וַיַּחְשְׁבֶ֥הָ לּ֖וֹ צְדָקָֽה׃ And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness. The ...
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Who are the 'righteous' as defined in the meaning and historical context of Proverbs 18:10?

Proverbs 18:10 (NASB) The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. Who is considered "righteous" in this passage? All of Israel? Some of Israel/Judah? Those ...
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What are the "righteous acts" of the saints in Revelation 19:8?

In Revelation 19:8, some saints are given fine, clean linen for their righteous acts. What characterizes these acts as righteous? Are they merely good deeds anyone, even the unsaved, can do, and they ...
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In Ecclesiastes 7:28 why are there no upright women?

28which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. ESV My question drawn from Ecclesiastes 7:28 is a simple ...
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What is the Righteousness of God in Romans 1:17?

Romans 1:16-17 (excerpted), ESV: For I am not ashamed of the gospel . . . For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith . . . SBLGNT: Οὐ γὰρ ἐπαισχύνομαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον . . ...
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What is the difference between "righteous" and "just" in the NT? [closed]

I've basically always used these words synonymously. Can someone elaborate on whether there is a difference?
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David's righteousness in the Psalms

In the Psalms, there are several places where David portrays himself as righteous and blameless. For example, Psalm 26: 1Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have ...
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