New International Version
or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
King James Bible
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
Darby Bible Translation
or to rulers as sent by him, for vengeance on evildoers, and praise to them that do well.
World English Bible
or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well.
Young's Literal Translation
whether to governors, as to those sent through him, for punishment, indeed, of evil-doers, and a praise of those doing good;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Or unto governors - By king as supreme, the Roman emperor is meant; and by governors, ἡγεμοσιν, are meant, leaders, governors, presidents, proconsuls, and other chief magistrates, sent by him into the provinces dependent on the Roman empire.
For the punishment of evil doers - This was the object of their mission; they were to punish delinquents, and encourage and protect the virtuous.
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For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.
For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
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