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

 
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1 All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from 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 So those who are against the government are really against what God has commanded. And they will bring punishment on 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 Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers; only those who do wrong fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and they will praise you. 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 ruler is God's servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. He has the power to punish; he is God's servant to punish those who do wrong. 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 you must yield to the government, not only because you might be punished, but because you know it is right. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes. Rulers are working for God and give their time to their work. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Pay everyone, then, what you owe. If you owe any kind of tax, pay it. Show respect and honor to them all. 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.