Not often found in the Bible, where ‘faith’ or ‘righteousness’ are preferred for a life which is acceptable to God. Where it is used, it is linked with ‘knowledge’ (2 Pet. 1: 5–7) and gentleness and steadfastness (1 Tim. 6: 11), and is certainly not to be identified with outward behaviour or observances (2 Tim. 3: 5).