Key Biblical passages to be interpreted from Romans 13:1-7
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities (
For there is no authority (
) except from God: and those
authorities that exist (
) have been instituted by God.
Therefore, whoever resists the power (
) will incur judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.
Do you wish to have no fear of the authority?
Then do what is
good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your
But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the
authority does not bear the sword in vain!
It is the servant of God to
execute wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also
because of conscience.
For the same reason you also pay taxes, for
the authorities are God’s servants, busy with the very thing.
Pay to all
what is due them -- taxes to whom taxes are due, respect to whom
respect is due; honor to whom honor is due.