Romans 13:4-14 (New American Standard)

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4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an 1avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also 2for conscience' sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 3Render to all what is due them: 4tax to whom tax is due; 5custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for 6he who loves ahis neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, "7YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "8YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 10 Love bdoes no wrong to a neighbor; therefore 9love is the fulfillment of the law. 11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is 10already the hour for you to 11awaken from sleep; for now csalvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 12The night is almost gone, and 13the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside 14the deeds of darkness and put on 15the armor of light. 13 Let us d16behave properly as in the day, 17not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But 18put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh 19in regard to its lusts.
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