RIGHTEOUS, a. ri’chus.
1 Just; accordant to the divine law. Applied to persons, it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes consonant to the divine will or to justice; as a righteous act. It is used chiefly in theology, and applied to God, to his testimonies and to his saints.
The righteous, in Scripture, denote the servants of God, the saints.
2 Just; equitable; merited.
And I thy righteous doom will bless.
1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language