This is a subsidiary post of Righteousness.
Righteousness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. We can either focus on 1) doing what’s right in our own individual eyes, 2) what’s right in the sight of other people, or 3) what’s right in the sight of God. It’s only the last category that really matters; the first two will leave us woefully short of true righteousness (see, for example, Luke 16:15 below).
Another way of making this point is to ask: Whose conscience really matters – yours, ours, or God’s?
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”
Luke 16:15 – “…’You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.'”
1 Corinthians 4:4 – “For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “…so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Deuteronomy 12:8, 9 – “You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes…”
Judges 17:6 – “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
Judges 21:25 – “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Job 32:1-3 – “Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God. And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.”
Psalm 5:8 – “O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes…”
Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”
Proverbs 14:12 – “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs 16:2 – “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the LORD weighs the motives.”
Proverbs 16:25 – “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs 21:2 – “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts.”
Isaiah 64:6 – “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…”
Isaiah 64:6 KJV – “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”