Who is Righteous in the Bible by Name

Below is a list from the World English Bible of who is righteous in the bible by name. There are of course many more people indirectly identified as righteous in the bible. The bible also tells us how to tell if a person is righteous or not.

Abel and Zacharias – On you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. (Matthew 23:35) By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it, he, being dead, still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4)

Abraham – Is this blessing then pronounced on the circumcised or on the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. (Romans 4:9)

Jesus Christ – Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18) My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

Cornelius – They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say.” (Acts 10:22)

Daniel, Job, and Noah – This is the history of the generations of Noah: Noah was righteous, blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) God said to Noah, “Come with all of your household into the ship, for I have seen your righteousness before me in this generation. (Genesis 7:1) Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only their own souls by their righteousness,” says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 14:14, 20) By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness, which is according to faith. (Hebrews 11:7) In addition, did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly. (2 Peter 2:5)

John the Baptist – For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he did many things, and he heard him gladly. (Mark 6:20)

Joseph, Mary’s husband – Joseph, her husband, being righteous, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly. (Matthew 1:19)

Joseph, the counselor – Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man. (Luke 23:50)

Lot – And delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked. (1 Peter 2:7)

Simeon – Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. (Luke 2:25)

Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth – There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. (Luke 1:5-6)

Is there a definite way that we can know if someone is righteous according to the bible?

How is Someone Righteous in the Bible?

Now we know that since God does not change, who is righteous in the bible does not change. Now it is very important to note that God knows there is not a righteous person who does not sin. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

You shall therefore keep my statutes and my ordinances which if a person does they shall live in them. I am God. (Leviticus 18:5)

Yet they were arrogant, and did not listen to your commandments, but sinned against your ordinances (which if a person does, they shall live in them), turned their backs, stiffened their neck, and would not hear. (Nehemiah 9:29)

Nevertheless if you warn the righteous person, that the righteous not sin, and they do not sin, they will surely live, because they took warning; and you have delivered your soul. (Ezekiel 3:21)

If a person is righteous, and does that which is right and lawful, and has walked in my statutes, and has kept my ordinances, to deal truly; they are righteous, they shall surely live, says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 18:5-9)

If a person has executed my ordinances, and has walked in my statutes, they shall not die for the iniquity of their father. They shall surely live. (Ezekiel 18:14-17)

When a person has done that which is lawful and right, and has kept all my statutes, and has done them, they will surely live. (Ezekiel 18:19)

If the wicked turns from all their sins that they have committed, and keeps all my statutes, and does that which is lawful and right, they shall surely live. They shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21)

If a person considers, and turns away from all their transgressions that they have committed, they shall surely live. They shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:28)

I gave them my statutes and showed them my ordinances which if a person does they will live in them. (Ezekiel 20:11)

If a person walks in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity, they will surely live. They will not die. None of their sins that they have committed will be remembered against them. They have done that which is lawful and right. They will surely live. (Ezekiel 33:15-16)

Do not lose your Reward

Servants of God need a way to know how He judges who is righteous in the bible and today. Now we know that since God does not change, everyone will be judged the same way. Do not let anyone mislead you about how you will be judged by Christ. For people who try to mislead you about how you will be judged by Christ are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as Christ’s apostles.  And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.  It is no great thing therefore if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Judging in the Old Testament

In keeping God’s laws, there is great reward. God will reward every person according to his or her work. (Psalm 62:11-12) Then hear in heaven and act and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness. (1 Kings 8:32; 39, 2 Chronicles 6:23, 30) For He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way. (Job 34:11) For You recompense a person according to their work. (Psalm 62:12) The one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. (Proverbs 11:18) A good man will be rewarded for his ways. (Proverbs 14:14) Will He not render to man according to his work? I will render to a person according to their work.” (Proverbs 24:12, 29) According to their deeds, so He will repay. (Isaiah 59:18) I give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds. (Jeremiah 17:10) “But I will punish you according to the results of your deeds,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 21:14) Giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. (Jeremiah 32:19) You will recompense them, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. (Lamentations 3:64) “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 18:30) According to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you,” declares the Lord GOD.’” (Ezekiel 24:14) O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.” (Ezekiel 33:20)

Judging in the New Testament

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36) For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will render to each person according to his deeds. (Matthew 16:27) Who will render to each person according to his deeds. (Romans 2:6) So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12) Each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:8) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10) If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. (1 Peter 1:17) God is a rewarder of those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (Revelation 2:23) The dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. (Revelation 20:12) They were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. (Revelation 20:13) Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)


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