Berean Literal Bible
Submission to Authorities
1Let every soul be subject to the authorities being above him. For there is no authority except by God; but those existing are having been instituted by God. 2Therefore the one rebelling against the authority has resisted the ordinance of God, and those having resisted will bring judgment upon themselves. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Now do you desire not to fear the authority? Do the good, and you will have praise from him. 4For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For He is God’s servant, an avenger for wrath to the one doing evil.
5Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath, but also on account of the conscience. 6For because of this, you also pay taxes; for they are servants of God, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render to all their dues: tax to whom tax, revenue to whom revenue, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.
Love Fulfills the Law
8Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one loving the other has fulfilled the Law. 9For, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”a and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, in, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”b 10Love does not do evil to its neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.
Put On Christ
11And do this knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken out of sleep; for our salvation is nearer now than when first we believed.
12The night is nearly over, and the day has drawn near; therefore we should cast off the works of darkness and should put on the armor of light.
13We should walk properly, as in daytime; not in reveling and drinking, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in dissension and jealousy.
14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
b 9 Leviticus 19:18