Submission To The Authorities
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 Consequently, he who rebels
Against what God has Instituted,
And those who do so will bring Judgment on themselves.
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 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 WRONG-DOER.
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,
For the Authorities are God's Servants,
Who give their full time to Governing.
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.
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 fellow man
Has fulfilled the Law
9 The Commandments,
'Do not commit Adultery,'
'Do not Murder,' 'Do not Covet,'
And whatever other Commandment there may be,
ARE SUMMED UP IN ONE RULE:
'LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
10 LOVE DOES NO HARM TO ITS NEIGHBOR.
THEREFORE LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.
11 AND DO THIS UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT TIME.
THE HOUR HAS COME FOR YOU TO WAKE-UP
FROM YOUR SLUMBER,
BECAUSE OUR SALVATION IS NEARER NOW
THAN WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED.
12 THE NIGHT IS NEARLY OVER;
THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE.
SO LET US PUT ASIDE THE DEEDS OF DARKNESS
AND PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT.
13 LET US BEHAVE DECENTLY,
AS IN THE DAYTIME,
NOT IN ORGIES AND DRUNKENNESS,
NOT IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY AND DEBAUCHERY,
NOT IN DISSENSION AND JEALOUSY.
14 RATHER, CLOTHE YOURSELVES
WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
AND DO NOT THINK ABOUT
HOW TO GRATIFY THE DESIRES OF THE SINFUL NATURE.