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 the authority is rebelling against what God has
instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
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 wrongdoer. 5
Therefore, it is necessary to
submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment
but also because of conscience.
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.