For the Lord's sake, accept all authority -- the king as head of state,
and the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish all who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
It is God's will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you.
You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God's slaves.
Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. a Fear God. Show respect for the king.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)