Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but from God; the powers that be are ordained by God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God, and those who resist shall receive for themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same,
for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid, for he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Therefore ye must be subject not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
For, for this cause pay ye tribute also, for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.