1 Let everyone put himself under the authority of the higher powers, because there is no power which is not of God, and all powers are ordered by God.
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
1 Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authority exists except by God's permission. The existing authorities have been established by God,
2 For which reason everyone who puts himself against the authority puts himself against the order of God: and those who are against it will get punishment for themselves.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.
2 so that whoever resists the authorities opposes what God has established, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise;
3 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:
3 For the authorities are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to live without being afraid of the authorities? Then do what is right, and you will receive their approval.
4 For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God's servant, making God's punishment come on the evil-doer.
4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an (E)avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
4 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, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
4 For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger(D) that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.
4 For they are God's servants, working for your good.
5 So put yourselves under the authority, not for fear of wrath, but because you have the knowledge of what is right.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
5 But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for it is not without reason that they bear the sword. Indeed, they are God's servants to administer punishment to anyone who does wrong. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be acquiescent to the authorities, not only for the sake of God's punishment, but also for the sake of your own conscience.
6 For the same reason, make payment of taxes; because the authority is God's servant, to take care of such things at all times.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
6 This is also why you pay taxes. For rulers are God's servants faithfully devoting themselves to their work.
7 Give to all what is their right: taxes to him whose they are, payment to him whose right it is, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour is to be given.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
7 Pay everyone whatever you owe them taxes to whom taxes are due, tolls to whom tolls are due, fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due.
8 Be in debt for nothing, but to have love for one another: for he who has love for his neighbour has kept all the law.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
8 Do not owe anyone anything except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law.
9 And this, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not put to death, Do not take what is another's, Do not have desire for what is another's, and if there is any other order, it is covered by this word, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself.
9 For this, “(K)You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “(L)You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
9 For this, 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 briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
9 For the commandments, "You must not commit adultery; you must not murder; you must not steal; you must not covet," and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no wrong to his neighbour, so love makes the law complete.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
10 Love never does anything that is harmful to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the Law.
11 See then that the time has come for you to be awake from sleep: for now is your salvation nearer than when you first had faith.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
11 This is necessary because you know the times it's already time for you to wake up from sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we became believers.
12 The night is far gone, and the day is near: so let us put off the works of the dark, arming ourselves with light,
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
12 The night is almost over, and the day is near. Let's therefore put aside the actions of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 With right behaviour as in the day; not in pleasure-making and drinking, not in bad company and unclean behaviour, not in fighting and envy.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
13 Let's behave decently, as people who live in the light of day. No wild parties, drunkenness, sexual immorality, promiscuity, quarreling, or jealousy!
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not give thought to the flesh to do its desires.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
14 Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and do not obey your flesh and its desires.
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