God is just! God is righteous! The terms are interchangeable. Today we are talking about the justice of God.
God is entirely correct and just in all of His dealings with man. This justice works in compliance with His law. God’s justice is related to man’s sin. God’s law reflects His standard. God is just when He judges man for breaking the very law that God has revealed.
God’s Righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right. It is God Himself who is the final standard of what is right. (see below Deut 32:3)
Exodus 34:6-7 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
Deut. 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
2 Chron. 12:6 The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”
Neh. 9:33 In all that has happened to us, you have been just; you have acted faithfully, while we did wrong.
Job 34:17-30 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? 18Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’ 19who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor,for they are all the work of his hands? 20They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.
21“His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. 22There is no dark place, no deep shadow,where evildoers can hide. 23God has no need to examine men further,that they should come before him for judgment. 24Without inquiry he shatters the mightyand sets up others in their place. 25Because he takes note of their deeds,he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed. 26He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them, 27because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways. 28They caused the cry of the poor to come before him,so that he heard the cry of the needy. 29But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike, 30to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
Psalm 33:5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:13-15 From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; 14from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth– 15he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.
Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
Psalm 58:11 Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”
Psalm 96:13 they will sing before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.
Psalm 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Psalm 140:12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 61:8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Ezekiel 18:4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son–both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.
Zeph. 3:5 The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Luke 18:7-8 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Acts 17:31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 2:7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
Romans 3:25-26 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished– 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
2 Thes. 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Rev. 16:5-6 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; 6for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”