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Righteousness – Hebrew: Tzadak


Tzadaq is the Hebrew word meaning ‘to be just in the sense of a legal term, to be loyal, honest, lawful’

“Let my tongue sing of your promise, because all your mitzvot are righteous” (Psalm 119:172).

“Here is the history of Noach.  In his generation, Noach was a man righteous (lawfully lived by faith) …” (Genesis 6:9).

Vines, page 206 “One the one hand, the relationships among people and of a man to his God can be described as sadaq, supposing the parties are faithful to each other’s expectations.  It is a relational word.  …The word ‘righteousness‘ embodies all that God expects of His people.  One judges, deals, sacrifices, and speaks righteously; and one learns, teaches, and pursues after righteousness.”

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tzadik – ‘A Fishhook’ means ‘desire or pull toward’

Dalet – ‘A Door’ means ‘door or pathway’

Koof – ‘Back of Head’ means ‘what is behind, what is past’

tzadak – what is behind pulling toward the pathway

Greek: dikaiosune means whatever conforms to the revealed will of God, whatever has been appointed by God to be acknowledged and obeyed by man

“It will be righteousness (lawful) for us if we are careful to obey all these mitzvot before ADONAI our God, just as he ordered us to do” (Deuteronomy 6:25, CJB).

“If we are careful to obey all this law (Torah) before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness (sacrifice)(Deuteronomy 6:25, NIV).

““How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

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