Job 1:8 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Job 2:3 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. It was the righteousness of Job that God bragged about and proudly displayed before Satan who was His greatest enemy. And this wasn't just once but two good occasions to show that it wasn't by accident but a very deliberate act of God. Hence the question: Was The Righteousness Of Job As Filthy Rags Before God? Now before you hastily answer the question, I would like you not to be in a hurry but take your time and first try to put yourself in God's shoes. So would you brag about what you considered to be filthy rags before your greatest enemy? Is it not what that which was of high value to you which could put your enemy to shame that you would proudly display before him? Yet some believe that man's righteousness is as filthy rags before God, so perhaps they should come and explain how God would proudly brag about and display what He considered as filthy rags before the devil. This instance of Job and many other overwhelming evidence to the contrary in the Bible, makes this idea being propagated by some of "man's righteousness being as filthy rags before God" to appear very questionable and not inspired of God but of men. The idea actually emanated from this saying of prophet Isaiah: Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. So as you can now see, it wasn't really God speaking, but actually His prophet Isaiah, and if you read down the passage, you'd see that it was actually a prayer he said to God. Therefore it's that part of his prayer to God that's now being taken out of context to mean that man's righteousness is as filthy rags before God, by some even though God has never said or suggested such a thing. Hence, whenever you hear anyone say that our righteousness is as filthy rags before God using the Bible to back it up, you'd know that it's false, because you now know how the saying came about, that it didn't come from God and also goes contrary to His ways, because God would not proudly display what was as filthy rags to Him before the devil. Instead it's man's iniquity and sins that are as filthy rags before God, as God cannot brag about such or proudly display them before the devil, but it's man's righteousness that gives God something to be proud of, which He can brag about to the devil and use to put him in his rightful place. That's why there's rejoicing in heaven over just one sinner that repents because it gives God one more reason to put the devil in his rightful place. That's why Jesus said to those anointed workers of iniquity on the last day, that He never knew them, because God only knows those who have given Him something to be proud of and a reason to put the devil in his rightful place. So ask yourself, especially you that claim to be of God and a believer, does your life and works give God something to be proud of, which He can brag about before Satan and use to put him in his rightful place? If not, then the Truth is that God doesn't really know you, because It's only the righteous who give God that opportunity to put Satan where he rightfully belongs that are known to Him. Therefore you must repent and stop being a worker of iniquity, otherwise get ready to be rejected by Him as those other anointed workers of iniquity because He never knew you! God bless.