Self-interpreting Bible

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Romans 13

1Subjection to magistrates enforced. 7We must render to all their dues: 8only love is a debt we must always owe, and virtually containeth the whole law. 11Rioting, drunkenness, and other works of darkness, must be put away, as much out of season under the gospel.

1 LET every soul abe subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are 1ordained of God.

2 bWhosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3 cFor rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4 For he is dthe minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

5 eWherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6 For for this cause pay ye ftribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

7 gRender therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; *custom to whom hcustom; ifear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

8 jOwe no man any thing, but to love one another; kfor he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9 For this, lThou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, mThou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10 nLove worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 And that, knowing the time, that onow it is high time to awake out of sleep: for pnow is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12 qThe night is far spent, rthe day is at hand: let us therefore scast off the works of darkness, and let us put on tthe armour of ulight.

13 vLet us walk 2honestly, as in the day; wnot in rioting and drunkenness, xnot in *chambering and wantonness, ynot in strife and envying.

14 But zput ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and amake not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.