Romans 13:5
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New International Version
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

New Living Translation
So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

English Standard Version
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to authority, not only to avoid punishment, but also as a matter of conscience.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath, but also on account of the conscience.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

King James Bible
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.

International Standard Version
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.

NET Bible
Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore it is urgent for us to be subject, not for the sake of wrath only, but also for the sake of conscience.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Therefore, it is necessary for you to obey, not only because you're afraid of God's anger but also because of your own conscience.

New American Standard 1977
Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore it is necessary that ye be subject, not only for punishment, but also for conscience sake.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience's sake.

American King James Version
Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

American Standard Version
Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience'sake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath, but also on account of conscience.

English Revised Version
Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Weymouth New Testament
We must obey therefore, not only in order to escape punishment, but also for conscience' sake.

World English Bible
Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of the wrath, but also because of the conscience,
Study Bible
Submission to Authorities
4For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not carry the sword in vain. He is God’s servant, an agent of retribution to the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to authority, not only to avoid punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes. For the authorities are God’s servants, who devote themselves to their work.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.

Romans 13:6
This is also why you pay taxes. For the authorities are God's servants, who devote themselves to their work.

1 Peter 2:13
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to the king as the supreme authority,

1 Peter 2:19
For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.
Treasury of Scripture

Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

ye.

1 Samuel 24:5,6 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because …

Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard …

Titus 3:1,2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey …

1 Peter 2:13-15 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: …

conscience.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

1 Peter 2:19 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

(5) It follows, from this divine authority and title enjoyed by the magistrate, that he ought to be obeyed, not only from fear of the punishment that he is empowered to inflict, but also from the respect due to legitimate power. Of this respect conscience is the natural guardian.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject,.... To the higher powers, to the civil magistrates; there is a necessity of it, because magistracy is God's ordinance, it is for the good of men; and such that oppose it will severely smart for it: but subjection to it from Christians should be,

not only for wrath; through fear of punishment, and for the sake of escaping it; either the wrath of men or of God, in this or the other world:

but also for conscience sake: to keep conscience clear, to exercise a good one void of offence towards God and men; for natural reason, conscience itself, dictates that there ought to be such order among men, that civil government should take place, and ought to be submitted to. 5. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath—for fear of the magistrate's vengeance.

but also for conscience' sake—from reverence for God's authority. It is of Magistracy in general, considered as a divine ordinance, that this is spoken: and the statement applies equally to all forms of government, from an unchecked despotism—such as flourished when this was written, under the Emperor Nero—to a pure democracy. The inalienable right of all subjects to endeavor to alter or improve the form of government under which they live is left untouched here. But since Christians were constantly charged with turning the world upside down, and since there certainly were elements enough in Christianity of moral and social revolution to give plausibility to the charge, and tempt noble spirits, crushed under misgovernment, to take redress into their own hands, it was of special importance that the pacific, submissive, loyal spirit of those Christians who resided at the great seat of political power, should furnish a visible refutation of this charge.13:1-7 The grace of the gospel teaches us submission and quiet, where pride and the carnal mind only see causes for murmuring and discontent. Whatever the persons in authority over us themselves may be, yet the just power they have, must be submitted to and obeyed. In the general course of human affairs, rulers are not a terror to honest, quiet, and good subjects, but to evil-doers. Such is the power of sin and corruption, that many will be kept back from crimes only by the fear of punishment. Thou hast the benefit of the government, therefore do what thou canst to preserve it, and nothing to disturb it. This directs private persons to behave quietly and peaceably where God has set them, 1Ti 2:1,2. Christians must not use any trick or fraud. All smuggling, dealing in contraband goods, withholding or evading duties, is rebellion against the express command of God. Thus honest neighbours are robbed, who will have to pay the more; and the crimes of smugglers, and others who join with them, are abetted. It is painful that some professors of the gospel should countenance such dishonest practices. The lesson here taught it becomes all Christians to learn and practise, that the godly in the land will always be found the quiet and the peaceable in the land, whatever others are.
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