PAUL THE APOSTLE
Romans 13 ©
1 The apostle further exhorts believers to subject themselves to magistrates with due obedience, seeing their calling is from God, and they who do not so, thereby draw down punishment upon their own heads, and wound their consciences. 6 And consequently commands also to pay them custom and tribute, and to give them all reverence. 8 Afterwards he exhorts them to the exercise of brotherly love with a rehearsal of the commandments of the second Table of the law. 11 Finally he exhorts them that, seeing the night of ignorance is passed away, and the light of the Gospel has shined to them, they would beware of drunkenness, whoredom, hatred, strife, and such like sins, and endeavor to virtues which are contrary to them. 14 And to that end put on the Lord Christ, laying aside the providing for the flesh unto lusts.
LET everya1soul be 2subject unto the 3higher 4powers. Forb there is 5no power 6but of God: the powers 7that be are 8ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore 9resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall 10receive to themselves 11damnation.
12For rulers are not 13a terror 14to good works, but 15to the evil. 16Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have 17praise of the same:
For he is the 18minister of God 19to thee for good. But if thou do that which is 20evil, 21be afraid; for he 22beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, 23a revenger to execute 24wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must 25needs be subject, not only 26for wrath, but also 27for conscience sake.
For 28for this cause 29pay ye 30tribute also: 31for they are 32God’s ministers, 33attending continually 34upon this very thing.
35Renderc therefore 36to all their dues: 37tribute to whom tribute is due; 38custom to whom custom; fear 39to whom fear; honour 40to whom honour.
41Owe no man any thing, 42but to love one another; ford he that loveth 43another hath 44fulfilled 45the law.
For this, 46Thoue shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended 47in this saying, namely, Thouf shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
48Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is 49the fulfilling of the law.
And that, 50knowingg the time, that now it is high time 51to awake out of sleep: for now is our 52salvation 53nearer than 54when we believed.
Theh55night is 56far spent, the 57day is 58at hand: leti us therefore 59cast off 60the works of darkness, and 61let us put on 62the armour 63of light.
Let us 64walk 65honestly,j66as in the day; notk in 67rioting and 68drunkenness, notl69in chamberingm and 70wantonness, notn in strife and envying.
Buto71put ye on 72the Lord Jesus Christ, andp73make not provision for 74the flesh, to fulfil 75the lusts thereof.