For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you 1will receive his approval,
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for 2he 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, 3an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
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Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also 4for the sake of conscience.
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For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
5Pay 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.
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6Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for 7the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
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For the commandments, 8"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: 9"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
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Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore 10love is the fulfilling of the law.
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Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you 11to wake from sleep. 12For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
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13The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us 14cast off 15the works of darkness and 16put on the armor of light.
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17Let us walk properly as in the daytime, 18not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, 19not in quarreling and jealousy.
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