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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8824 self-righteousness, nature of
8824 self-righteousness, nature of

8824 self-righteousness, nature of

Self-righteousness fosters the sinful human illusions of sinlessness, sufficiency and freedom.

The claim to self-righteousness

Ro 10:3 See also Lk 10:29; Lk 18:9; Php 3:4-6

The illusion of self-righteousness

That people are sinless 1Jn 1:8 See also Pr 20:9; Hos 12:8

That people are guiltless Pr 16:2 See also Jer 2:34-35

That people are deserving Dt 9:4 See also Eze 28:2

The results of self-righteousness

Self-deception 1Jn 1:5-6 See also Pr 30:12; Jer 17:9; Mt 23:23-24,27-28; Lk 16:15; Heb 3:13

A sense of superiority Lk 18:9-11 See also Php 2:3; Col 2:16-18

Separation from God 1Jn 1:10 See also Zep 3:11; 2Co 10:18; Gal 5:4

Examples of self-righteousness

Nu 16:3 some Israelites opposed to Moses; 1Sa 15:13-21 Saul; Ps 10:5 the wicked The Pharisees: Lk 16:14; Lk 18:9-14; Jn 9:39-41
Rev 3:17-18 the church at Laodicea

See also

5961superiority
6020sin
6121boasting
6145deceit
8714dishonesty
8767hypocrisy
8802pride
8822self-justification

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