13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,

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14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

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15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

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16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

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17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

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18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

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19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

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20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

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