1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God.
2 So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves.
3 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it.
4 For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.
5 Therefore [you] must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes. For they are God's servants, always giving attention to this very thing.
7 Therefore give to all [their] dues; to the [one due] tax, the tax; tribute to whom tribute [is due], fear to whom fear [is due], and honor to whom honor [is due].
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not lust; and if [there is] any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
10 Love works no ill to its neighbor, therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
11 This also, knowing the time, that [it is] already time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation [is] nearer than when we believed.
12 The night [is] far spent, the day is at hand; therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk becomingly, as in [the] day; not in carousings and drinking; not in co-habitation and lustful acts; not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not take thought beforehand for the lusts of the flesh.