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Be Subject to Government

1 Every person R623 F212 is to be in subjection R624 to the governing authorities. For there R625 is no authority except from F213 God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever F214 resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers R626 are not a cause of fear for good F215 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 avenger R627 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 for R628 conscience' sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render R629 to all what is due them: tax R630 to whom tax is due; custom R631 to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he R632 who loves his F216 neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, "YOU R633 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, "YOU R634 SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 10 Love does F217 no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love R635 is the fulfillment of the law.

11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already R636 the hour for you to awaken R637 from sleep; for now salvation F218 is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The R638 night is almost gone, and the R639 day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the R640 deeds of darkness and put on the R641 armor of light. 13 Let us behave R642 F219 properly as in the day, not R643 in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put R644 on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in R645 regard to its lusts.

F212: Or soul
F213: Lit by
F214: Lit he who
F215: Lit good work
F216: Lit the other
F217: Lit works no evil
F218: Or our salvation is nearer than when
F219: Lit walk

R623: Acts 2:41
R624: Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13f
R625: Daniel 2:21; 4:17; John 19:11
R626: 1 Peter 2:14
R627: 1 Thessalonians 4:6
R628: Ecclesiastes 8; 1 Peter 2:13,19
R629: Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25
R630: Luke 20:22; 23:2
R631: Matthew 17:25
R632: Matthew 7:12; 22:39f; John 13:34; Romans 13:10; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8
R633: Exodus 20:13ff; Deuteronomy 5:17ff
R634: Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19
R635: Matthew 7:12; 22:39f; John 13:34; Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8
R636: 1 Corinthians 7:29f; 10:11; James 5:8; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 3:9,11; 1 John 2:18; Revelation 1:3; 22:10
R637: Mark 13:37; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6
R638: 1 Corinthians 7:29f; 10:11; James 5:8; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 3:9,11; 1 John 2:18; Revelation 1:3; 22:10
R639: Hebrews 10:25; 1 John 2:8; Revelation 1:3; 22:10
R640: Ephesians 5:11
R641: 2 Corinthians 6:7; 10:4; Ephesians 6:11,13; 1 Thessalonians 5:8
R642: 1 Thessalonians 4:12
R643: Luke 21:34; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3
R644: Job 1:29:14; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10,12
R645: Galatians 5:16; 1 Peter 2:11


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