B. In Being Subject to Authorities
1 Let every 1person be 2asubject to the authorities over him, for bthere is no authority except 3from God, and those which exist are 4ordained by God.
2 So then he who resists the authority opposes God's ordination, and those who oppose will receive 1judgment to themselves.
3 For the arulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you want to have no fear of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from him;
4 For he is a 1servant of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, fear; he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is a 1servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who practices evil.
5 Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes; for they are God's 1officers, attending constantly to this very thing.
7 aRender to all the things due: tax to whom tax is due, custom to whom custom is due, fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due.