Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge. a13
For the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, b whether of the emperor as supreme,
or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.
As servants c of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.
Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. d Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh.
For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.
If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
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