Romans 13:4-14 (English Standard Version)

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4 for 1he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, 2an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also 3for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 4Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

8 5Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for 6the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, 7"You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: 8"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore 9love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you 10to wake from sleep. 11For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 12The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us 13cast off 14the works of darkness and 15put on the armor of light. 13 16Let us walk properly as in the daytime, 17not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, 18not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But 19put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, 20to gratify its desires.
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