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Romans 13:1-7 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.