The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
1 – Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God.
2 – Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God. And they that resist, purchase to themselves damnation.
3 – For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same.
4 – For he is God’s minister to thee, for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God’s minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.
5 – Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6 – For therefore also you pay tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose.
7 – Render therefore to all men their dues. Tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honour, to whom honour.
8 – Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.
9 – For Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness: Thou shalt not covet: and if there be any other commandment, it is comprised in this word, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 – The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law.
11 – And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.
12 – The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.
13 – Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy:
14 – But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.
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