A Prayer 
of Jesus  
I thankthee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will
Here are collected all utterances of Jesus that incorporate the New Testament Greek word, dikaiosune. 

The definitions, as given by Thayer1 are:

1. The state of him who is such as he ought to be; the condition acceptable to God.
2. Justice, or the virtue which gives each one his due.

The corresponding English word is colored in purple where it occurs in the English text below.

It is of interest to note that Jesus utters this word only eight times, of which six are in Matthew and two in the Fourth Gospel

1. Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, by Joseph H. Thayer
Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
P. O. Box 3473
Peabody, Massachusetts 01961-3473
First Printing, June 1996



[13] Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
[14] John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
[15] But Jesus answered him, Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he consented.
[16] And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;
[17] and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.


[9] In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee

and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
[10] And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;
[11] and a voice came from heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.


[21] Now when all the people were baptized,

and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,
[22] and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove,

and a voice came from heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.


[6] Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

[10] Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


[21] Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.



[17] Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
[18] For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
[19] Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
[20] For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


[31] Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'
[32] For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
[33] But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
[34] Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.



[29] And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind.

[30] For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them.
[31] Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well.



[28] What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
[29] And he answered, `I will not'; but afterward he repented and went.
[30] And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not go. [31] Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
[32] For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him




[1] I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
[2] They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
[3] And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
[4] But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
[5] But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?'
[6] But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
[7] Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
[8] And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 
[9] concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
[10] concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more;
[11] concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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