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Romans 13:5-14 (English Standard Version)

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5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also 1for 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 2Pay 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 3Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for 4the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, 5"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: 6"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore 7love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you 8to wake from sleep. 9For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 10The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us 11cast off 12the works of darkness and 13put on the armor of light. 13 14Let us walk properly as in the daytime, 15not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, 16not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But 17put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, 18to gratify its desires.
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