Be Subject to Government

1 Every 1person is to be in 2subjection to the governing authorities. For 3there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
3 For 4rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
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 5avenger 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 6for conscience' sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
7 7Render to all what is due them: 8tax to whom tax is due; 9custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.