Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities,1 for there is no authority except that which God has established.2 The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted,3 and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
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