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.

King James Bible
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, 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.

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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye must needs be subject - Αναγκη, There is a necessity that ye should be subject, not only for wrath, δια την οργην, on account of the punishment which will be inflicted on evil doers, but also for conscience' sake; not only to avoid punishment, but also to preserve a clear conscience. For, as civil government is established in the order of God for the support, defense, and happiness of society, they who transgress its laws, not only expose themselves to the penalties assigned by the statutes, but also to guilt in their own consciences, because they sin against God. Here are two powerful motives to prevent the infraction of the laws and to enforce obedience.

1. The dread of punishment; this weighs with the ungodly.

2. The keeping of a good conscience, which weighs powerfully with every person who fears God. These two motives should be frequently urged both among professors and profane.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye.

1 Samuel 24:5,6 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt...

Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

Titus 3:1,2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work...

1 Peter 2:13-15 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme...

conscience.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

1 Peter 2:19 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

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

Library
November 23. "It is High Time to Awake Out of Sleep" (Rom. xiii. 11).
"It is high time to awake out of sleep" (Rom. xiii. 11). One of the greatest enemies to faith is indolence. It is much easier to lie and suffer than to rise and overcome; much easier to go to sleep on a snowbank and never wake again, than to rouse one's self and shake off the lethargy and overcome the stupor. Faith is an energetic art; prayer is intense labor; the effectual working prayer of the righteous man availeth much. Satan tries to put us to sleep, as he did the disciples in the garden; but
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Salvation Nearer
'... Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.'--ROMANS xiii. 11. There is no doubt, I suppose, that the Apostle, in common with the whole of the early Church, entertained more or less consistently the expectation of living to witness the second coming of Jesus Christ. There are in Paul's letters passages which look both in the direction of that anticipation, and in the other one of expecting to taste death. 'We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord,' he says twice in one
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

A Sketch of the Life of St. Augustin.
It is a venturesome and delicate undertaking to write one's own life, even though that life be a masterpiece of nature and the grace of God, and therefore most worthy to be described. Of all autobiographies none has so happily avoided the reef of vanity and self-praise, and none has won so much esteem and love through its honesty and humility as that of St. Augustin. The "Confessions," which he wrote in the forty-fourth year of his life, still burning in the ardor of his first love, are full of the
St. Augustine—The Confessions and Letters of St

Concerning the Power of the Civil Magistrate in Matters Purely Religious, and Pertaining to the Conscience.
Concerning the Power of the Civil Magistrate in Matters purely Religious, and pertaining to the Conscience. Since God hath assumed to himself the power and Dominion of the Conscience, who alone can rightly instruct and govern it, therefore it is not lawful [1226] for any whosoever, by virtue of any authority or principality they bear in the government of this world, to force the consciences of others; and therefore all killing, banishing, fining, imprisoning, and other such things which are inflicted
Robert Barclay—Theses Theologicae and An Apology for the True Christian Divinity

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person's wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.

Romans 13:6
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.

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

1 Peter 2:19
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

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