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Romans 13:1-7 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. 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 If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. 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 Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. 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 the government working to your advantage. But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. 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 That's why you must live responsibly - not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 That's also why you pay taxes - so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. 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.