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Therefore, it is necessary for you to be acquiescent to the authorities,[a] not only for the sake of God’s[b] punishment,[c] but also for the sake of your own conscience. This is also why you pay taxes. For rulers[d] are God’s servants faithfully devoting themselves to their work.[e] Pay everyone whatever you owe them—taxes to whom taxes are due, tolls to whom tolls are due, fear[f] to whom fear[g] is due, honor to whom honor is due.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 13:5 The Gk. lacks to the authorities
  2. Romans 13:5 The Gk. lacks God’s
  3. Romans 13:5 Lit. wrath
  4. Romans 13:6 Lit. they
  5. Romans 13:6 Lit. to this very thing
  6. Romans 13:7 Or respect
  7. Romans 13:7 Or respect

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