1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority except
from God, and the authorities that exist are ordained by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who
resist will receive judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the
authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not
bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who
5 Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending
continually to this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom
customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled
9 For: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not covet; and if there is any other commandment, all are summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
10 Love does no evil to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for
now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of
darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in
cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its