Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
For it is God's will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)