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Romans 13 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Let everyone put himself under the authority of the higher powers, because there is no power which is not of God, and all powers are ordered by God. 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2 For which reason everyone who puts himself against the authority puts himself against the order of God: and those who are against it will get punishment for themselves. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise; 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
4 For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God's servant, making God's punishment come on the evil-doer. 4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
5 So put yourselves under the authority, not for fear of wrath, but because you have the knowledge of what is right. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 For the same reason, make payment of taxes; because the authority is God's servant, to take care of such things at all times. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Give to all what is their right: taxes to him whose they are, payment to him whose right it is, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour is to be given. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
8 Be in debt for nothing, but to have love for one another: for he who has love for his neighbour has kept all the law. 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
9 And this, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not put to death, Do not take what is another's, Do not have desire for what is another's, and if there is any other order, it is covered by this word, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself. 9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no wrong to his neighbour, so love makes the law complete. 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11 See then that the time has come for you to be awake from sleep: for now is your salvation nearer than when you first had faith. 11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is far gone, and the day is near: so let us put off the works of the dark, arming ourselves with light, 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 With right behaviour as in the day; not in pleasure-making and drinking, not in bad company and unclean behaviour, not in fighting and envy. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not give thought to the flesh to do its desires. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.