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RIGHT

rit (yashar, mishpaT; dikaios, euthus): Many Hebrew words are translated "right," with different shades of meaning. Of these the two noted are the most important: yashar, with the sense of being straight, direct, as "right in the sight" of Yahweh (Ex 15:26; Dt 12:25, etc.), in one's own eyes (Jdg 17:6), "right words" (Job 6:25 the King James Version, yosher), "right paths" (Prov 4:11 the King James Version); and mishpaT "judgment" "cause" etc., a forensic term, as "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Gen 18:25). In Job 34:17, the Revised Version (British and American) has "justice" (34:6, "right"), etc. The word tsedheq, tsedhaqah, ordinarily translated "righteousness," are in a few cases rendered "right" (2 Sam 19:28; Neh 2:20; Ps 9:4; 17:1; 119:75; Ezek 18:5, etc.). In the New Testament the chief word is dikaios, primarily "even," "equal" (Mt 20:4; Lk 12:57, etc.); more generally the word is rendered "just" and "righteous." Euthus, used by Septuagint for yashar (1 Sam 12:23; Hos 14:9), occurs a few times (Acts 8:21; 13:10; 2 Pet 2:15); so orthos, "straight," "upright" (Lk 10:28).
"Right-hand" or "side" represents Hebrew yamin and kindred forms (Gen 48:13,14,17; Ex 15:6, etc.); the Greek, in this sense, is dexios (Mt 6:3; 20:21, etc.).
Revised Version, among other changes, has "right" for the King James Version "judgment" in Job 27:2; 34:5, and for "right" in the King James Version substitutes "straight" in Ezr 8:21, "skillful" in Eccl 4:4, margin "successful," etc. In Jn 1:12 the Revised Version (British and American) reads, "the right to become children of God" for the King James Version "the power" (exousia); in Mt 20:7,15 "right" is omitted, with the larger part of the verse. In 2 Tim 2:15 "rightly dividing" (orthotomeo) is changed to "handling aright" with margin "holding a straight course in the word of truth. Or, rightly dividing the word of truth."
W. L. Walker
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'RIGHT'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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