NASB — Romans 13 — KJV

Be Subject to Government

1 Every Iaperson is to be in bsubjection to the governing authorities. For cthere is no authority except IIfrom God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore Iwhoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For arulers are not a cause of fear for Igood behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an aavenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also afor conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for [rulers] are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 aRender to all what is due them: btax to whom tax [is due]; ccustom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

[1] IOr soul IILit by aAc 2:41 bTit 3:1; 1P 2:13f cDn 2:21; 4:17; Jn 19:11
[2] ILit he who
[3] ILit good work a1P 2:14
[4] a1Th 4:6
[5] aEc 8; 1P 2:13, 19
[7] aMt 22:21; Mk 12:17; Lk 20:25 bLk 20:22; 23:2 cMt 17:25

8 ¶ Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for ahe who loves Ihis neighbor has fulfilled [the] law. 9 For this, “aYOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “bYOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10 Love Idoes no wrong to a neighbor; therefore alove is the fulfillment of [the] law.

[8] ILit the other aMt 7:12; 22:39f; Jn 13:34; Ro 13:10; Ga 5:14; Jm 2:8
[9] aEx 20:13ff; Dt 5:17ff bLv 19:18; Mt 19:19
[10] ILit works no evil aMt 7:12; 22:39f; Jn 13:34; Ro 13:8; Ga 5:14; Jm 2:8

11 ¶ [Do] this, knowing the time, that it is aalready the hour for you to bawaken from sleep; for now Isalvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 aThe night is almost gone, and bthe day is near. Therefore let us lay aside cthe deeds of darkness and put on dthe armor of light. 13 Let us Iabehave properly as in the day, bnot in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But aput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh bin regard to [its] lusts.

[11] IOr our salvation is nearer than when a1Co 7:29f; 10:11; Jm 5:8; 1P 4:7; 2P 3:9, 11; 1 Jn 2:18; Rv 1:3; 22:10 bMk 13:37; 1Co 15:34; Ep 5:14; 1Th 5:6
[12] a1Co 7:29f; 10:11; Jm 5:8; 1P 4:7; 2P 3:9, 11; 1 Jn 2:18; Rv 1:3; 22:10 bHe 10:25; 1 Jn 2:8; Rv 1:3; 22:10 cEp 5:11 d2Co 6:7; 10:4; Ep 6:11, 13; 1Th 5:8
[13] ILit walk a1Th 4:12 bLk 21:34; Ga 5:21; Ep 5:18; 1P 4:3
[14] aJb 29:14; Ga 3:27; Ep 4:24; Col 3:10, 12 bGa 5:16; 1P 2:11


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Subjection, and many other duties, we owe to the magistrates.

1 ¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

[1] Dt 17:12; 1S 2:8; 1Ch 28:4; Ps 62:11; Pv 8:15; Jr 27:5; Dn 2:21; 4:32; 5:18; Mt 6:13; Jn 19:11; Ep 5:21; Tit 3:1; 1P 2:13; 2P 2:10; Jde 1:8; Rv 1:5; 17:14; 19:16.
[2] Is 58:2; Jr 23:8; 44:14; Mt 23:14; Mk 12:40; Lk 20:47; Ro 13:5; Tit 3:1; Jm 3:1; 1P 2:13.
[3] Dt 25:1; Pv 14:35; 20:2; Ec 10:4; Jr 22:15; Ro 13:4; 1P 2:13; 3:13.
[4] Nu 35:19; Jsh 20:5, 9; 1K 10:9; 2Ch 19:6; Ps 82:2; Pv 16:14; 20:2, 8, 26; 24:23; 31:8; Ec 8:2; Is 1:17; Jr 5:28; Ezk 22:27; 25:14; Mi 3:1, 9; Ro 12:19; 13:6.
[5] 1S 24:5; Ec 8:2; Ac 24:16; Tit 3:1; He 13:18; 1P 2:13, 19; 3:16.
[6] Ex 18:13; Dt 1:9; 1S 7:16; 2S 8:5; 1Ch 18:14; Ezr 4:13, 20; 6:8; Ne 5:4; Jb 29:7; Mt 17:24; 22:17; Mk 12:14; Lk 20:21; 23:2; Ro 12:8.
[7] Ex 20:12; Lv 19:3, 32; 1S 12:18; Pv 24:21; Lk 20:25; Ep 5:33; 6:2, 5; 1Ti 5:13, 17; 6:1; 1P 2:17, 18; 3:7.

Love is the fulfilling of the Law.

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou 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 in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

[8] Dt 24:14; Pv 3:27; Mt 7:12; 22:39; Ro 13:7, 10; Ga 5:14; Col 3:14; 1Ti 1:5; Jm 2:8.
[9] Ex 20:12; Lv 19:18, 34; Dt 5:16; Mt 19:18; 22:39; Mk 10:19; 12:31; Lk 10:27; 18:20; Ro 7:7; Ga 5:13; Jm 2:8.
[10] Mt 22:40; Ro 13:8; 1Co 13:4.

Gluttony and drunkenness, and the works of darkness, are out of season in the time of the Gospel.

11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

[11] Ec 9:10; Is 21:11; Jna 1:6; Mt 16:3; 24:42; 25:5; 26:40; Mk 13:35; Lk 21:28; 1Co 7:29; 15:34; Ep 5:14; 1Th 5:1, 5; 1P 4:7; 2P 3:13; Rv 22:12, 20.
[12] Jb 24:14; So 2:17; Is 2:20; 30:22; Ezk 18:31; Jn 3:19; Ro 13:14; 2Co 6:7; Ep 4:22; 5:11; 6:11; Col 3:8, 10; 1Th 5:5, 8; Jm 1:21; 1P 2:1; 1Jn 1:5; 2:8.
[13] Pv 23:20; Is 22:12; 28:7; Am 6:4; Mt 24:48; Lk 1:6; 16:19; 17:27; 21:34; Ac 2:15; 1Co 6:9, 10; Ga 5:15, 16, 19, 21, 25, 26; Ep 4:1, 17; 5:2, 3, 8, 15, 18; Php 1:27; 2:3; 3:16; 4:8; Col 1:10; 3:5; 1Th 2:12; 4:3, 12; 5:17; Jm 3:14; 4:5; 1P 2:1, 11, 12; 4:3; 2P 2:13, 14, 18; 1Jn 2:6; 2Jn 1:4; Jde 1:23.
[14] Ro 8:12; Ga 3:27; 5:16, 24; Ep 4:24; Col 3:5, 10; 1P 2:11; 1Jn 2:15.


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