Romans 13:5-14 NIV

5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.1

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6 This is also why you pay taxes,2 for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.

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7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes;3 if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

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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.4

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9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet,"a5 and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up6 in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."b7

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    • a 13:9 - Exodus 20:13-15,17; Deut. 5:17-19,21
    • b 13:9 - Lev. 19:18
      10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.8

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          11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come9 for you to wake up from your slumber,10 because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

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          12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.11 So let us put aside the deeds of darkness12 and put on the armor13 of light.

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          13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,14 not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.15

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          14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,16 and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.c17

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