Romans 13

Submission to the Authorities

1Let every person abe subject to the governing authorities. For bthere is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you cwill receive his approval, 4for dhe is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, ean avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also ffor the sake of conscience. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 gPay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

8 hOwe no one anything, except to love each other, for ithe one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, j“You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: k“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore llove is the fulfilling of the law.

11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you mto wake from sleep. nFor salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 oThe night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us pcast off qthe works of darkness and rput on the armor of light. 13 sLet us walk properly as in the daytime, tnot in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, unot in quarreling and jealousy. 14But vput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, wto gratify its desires.

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