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Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with them: for they shall eat the fruit of their actions. Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him.
Isaiah 3:11

I have run across a lot of people who do not have a very good grip on what it means to be “righteous.” Even if they do not mean to, they start defining it the way a Pharisee might define righteous—which is to say that they tend to define it by what it is not. The righteous don’t do this and the wouldn’t do that.

Here is what the righteous do: They fear God. That is pretty much it. Cause and effect that enters into working that out, of course. People with a healthy respect for God will depart from evil and walk in the ways of God.

Rules that are legislated by men do not define righteousness. That is evident simply by looking at the way men reward men. How often have you been paid what you are worth? Look at people who get paid enormous salaries; do they do proportionally more work than you do? Is there really that much greater value in being able hit a ball toward a target than there is in the mother who teaches her child right from wrong? She gets little respect and no pay while professional sports stars get both, and extra privileges to boot.

A righteous person fears God. A wicked person does not. A wicked person thinks he can ignore what God says. A wicked person will lie because they have no respect for what God values.

What he has deserved he shall get. He shall be paid that for which he has laboured, and his reward shall be in proportion to his work. O, what a lot is that of the wicked! Cursed in time, and accursed through eternity!

Clarke, Adam. “Commentary on Isaiah 3”. “The Adam Clarke Commentary”. . 1832.

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