Romans 13:5
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New Living Translation
So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear 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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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

13:5 Not only for fear of wrath - That is, punishment from man. But for conscience' sake - Out of obedience to God.

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1 Peter iv. 8
And above all things have fervent Charity among your selves: for Charity shall cover the multitude of Sins. THE Design which I am now prosecuting, obligeth me to take notice of such Passages of Scripture as any professed Christians may, on any Account, be apt to interpret to a very bad Purpose: that is, to the giving themselves Encouragement to hope for God's future Mercy; for the Sake of his Son: even whilst they continue in the habitual Practice of known Sins. And the Words which I have now read
Benjamin Hoadly—Several Discourses Concerning the Terms of Acceptance with God

The Beauty and Excellency of this World Consists, not Only in the Perfection and Comeliness...
The beauty and excellency of this world consists, not only in the perfection and comeliness of each part in it, but especially in the wise and wonderful proportion and union of these several parts. It is not the lineaments and colours that make the image or complete beauty, but the proportion and harmony of these, though different severally. And truly that is the wonder, that such repugnant natures, such different parts, and dissentient qualities, do conspire together in such an exact perfect unity
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Twenty-Seven Articles Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate.
Now though I am too lowly to submit articles that could serve for the reformation of these fearful evils, I will yet sing out my fool's song, and will show, as well as my wit will allow, what might and should be done by the temporal authorities or by a General Council. 1. Princes, nobles and cities should promptly forbid their subjects to pay the annates and should even abolish them altogether. For the Pope has broken the compact, and turned the annates into robbery for the harm and shame of the
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

The North African Church under the Vandals.
THE wild tribes of the Vandals--which, although outwardly professing Christianity, yet, instructed and guided by ignorant and fanatical priests, seem to have had no idea of its essence--overran North Africa, under their cruel and despotic king, Geiserich. A fanatical hatred to the confessors of another form of doctrine (the Vandals being the adherents of Arianism) was united with an insatiable avarice, for which it served as an apology. The depravity of the nominal Christians in the rich cities of
Augustus Neander—Light in the Dark Places

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 8:1
How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things. Wisdom lights up a person's face, softening its harshness.

Romans 13:6
Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do.

1 Peter 2:13
For the Lord's sake, respect all human authority--whether the king as head of state,

1 Peter 2:19
For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.

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