“For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: His countenance doth behold the just” (Psalm 11:7, Geneva Bible).
Who can He love among us? “But we have all been as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy cloths, and we all do fade like a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).
How the righteous become righteous, how the just become just: “Surely, He hath born our infirmities, and carried our sorrows, yet we did judge Him as plagued and smitten of God, and humbled. But He was wounded for our transgressions: He was broken for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes are we healed. All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet did He not open his mouth: He is brought as a sheep to the slaughter...yet the Lord would break Him and make Him subject to infirmities: when He shall make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed and shall prolong His days, and the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied; by His knowledge shall My Righteous [צדיק] Servant justify [צדק] many: for He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:4-11).