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Chapter 13

1Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God. 2Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God. And they that resist, purchase to themselves damnation. 3For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same. 4For he is God's minister to thee, for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God's minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil. 5Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake. 6For therefore also you pay tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose. 7Render therefore to all men their dues. Tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honour, to whom honour. 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law. 9For Thou 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 comprised in this word, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law. 11And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. 12The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. 13Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: 14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.

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