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Romans 13:7-14 (New International Version)

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7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes;1 if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Love, for the Day Is Near

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.2 9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet,"a3 and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up4 in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."b5 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.6 11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come7 for you to wake up from your slumber,8 because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.9 So let us put aside the deeds of darkness10 and put on the armor11 of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,12 not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.13 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,14 and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.c15
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