ROMANS CHAPTER THIRTEEN
1 Let everyone obey the government,
For God’s the one who has established it,
And there is no authority but that
Which God’s ordained, 2 and so he who rebels
Against authority rebels against
What God has instituted, 3 and he who
Rebels brings punishment upon himself.
For rulers don’t scare people who are doing
Right; but the evildoers will be scared.
So if you do not want to be afraid,
Do what is right and he’ll commend you, 4 for
He is the servant of the LORD to do
You good; but if you do what’s wrong, be scared,
Because he does not bear the sword for nothing.
He is God’s servant to bring punishment
Upon the wrongdoer, 5 and thus it is
Important to obey authorities,
Not just because you might be punished but
Also for conscience sake− 6 and this is why
You must pay taxes, too, for they are God’s
Servants who give their time to governing.
7 Pay everyone what he should have: If you
Owe taxes, pay your taxes; if receipts
Then pay receipts, if it’s respect, then pay
Respect, if honor, then give honor. 8 Let
No debt remain unpaid except the debt
Which is ongoing to love one another,
For if you love your neighbor, you will have
Fulfilled the law, 9 because God’s laws, “Do not
Commit adultery,” “Don’t murder,” “Do
Not steal,” “Don’t covet,” and whatever other
Commandment there may be, are wrapped up in
One guideline: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does not harm its neighbor, and so love
Is the fulfillment of the law. Another
Reason for living right is this: 11 You know
How late it is: our time is running out.
The hour has come for you to wake up from
Your sleep, for our salvation’s nearer now
Than when we first believed: 12 The night is spent;
The day is nearly here, so let’s cast off
The deeds of darkness and put on the armor
Of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in
The day; not in wild parties, drunkenness,
Not in sex sin and hedonism, not
In fights and jealousy, 14 but ask the Lord
Jesus Christ so you’ll live in righteousness,
And don’t make plans to savor wickedness.