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The word Tsadeq means literally “the righteous”, who upon reception of the Eucharist, have accepted Christ into themselves having received Eternal Life. The “tsad” means “side”, and “ayeq” means, “along with”, which taken together translates “On the side of”, which is as if to say, “On the side of the angels/God”. Thus this refers to “the Righteous”. These are the true Nazarani, the Tsadeqeen/Tsadaqayin (plural). Another explanation for this word could be that “daq” which in Aramaic means to “look into” or “inspect”; makes a “tsadeq” someone who carefully examines the path of their thoughts and actions whether to follow the path of Life or the path of death.. (See: Deuteronomy 30:15-16)

And also the Didache: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: First, you shall love God who made you; second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. And of these sayings the teaching is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you.” (Didache 1:1-2 Roberts-Donaldson English Translation)