1Everya1person is to be in 2subjection to the governingauthorities. For 3there is noauthorityexceptbfrom God, and those which exist are established by God.
2Thereforecwhoeverresistsauthority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receivecondemnation upon themselves.
For 4rulers are not a cause of fear for dgoodbehavior, but for evil. Do you want to havenofear of authority? Dowhat is good and you will havepraise from the same;
for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you dowhat is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an 5avenger who brings wrath on the one who practicesevil.
5Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not onlybecause of wrath, but also6for conscience'sake.
For because of this you alsopaytaxes, for rulers are servants of God, devotingthemselves to thisverything.
77Render to allwhat is due them: 8tax to whomtax is due; 9custom to whomcustom; fear to whomfear; honor to whomhonor.