Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Let every soul be subject to the authority of the great, for there is no authority that is not from the same God, and those authorities who are from God are under orders. 2Whoever therefore stands against the authority stands against the decrees of God, and these who stand against them shall receive judgment. 3For judges are not a fear to the good doer*, but to the wicked*. Do you wish, therefore, to be unafraid of the authority? Do good, and you shall have praise from him. 4For he is the Minister of God to you for good. But if you have done evil, be afraid, for he does not wear the sword for nothing, for he is the Minister of God and a furious avenger to those who do evil. 5Therefore it is urgent for us to be subject, not for the sake of wrath only, but also for the sake of conscience. 6For this cause, also, you pay the head tax, for they are the Ministers of God who are appointed for these things. 7Therefore, pay every person what is owed to him: to whomever head tax, pay head tax, and to whomever a tribute tax, a tribute tax, and to whomever reverence, reverence, and to whomever honor, honor.
8Owe no person anything but to love one another, for whoever loves his neighbor fulfills The Written Law. 9For this also that says, "You shall not commit adultery", "You shall not murder", "You shall not steal, "You shall not covet", or if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in the saying: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10Love does not commit evil against its neighbor, because love is the fulfillment of The Written Law.
11I know this: Now is the time and the hour to awake from our sleep, for now our life has drawn closer to us than when we believed. 12The night has now passed and the day has arrived, therefore let us strip off the works of darkness from us, and let us put on the armor of light. 13And let us walk in a right manner as those in the daytime, not in partying, not in drunkenness, not in orgies, not in envy or in fighting, 14But put on Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah and do not be concerned for the desires of your flesh.