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Romans 13

1 Let1 every psyche-life2 be being subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority except from God—the authorities that be are designated by God, 2 so the [one] opposing the authority resists the ordinance of God. But the [one] having resisted will receive judgment to himself. 3 For the rulers are not [a] fear to the good work, but to the evil. So do you wish to not be fearing the authority? Be doing the good, and you will have praise from [the] same. 4 For he is [a] servant of God to you for the good. So if you do the evil, be fearing, for he does not bear the sword without cause. For he is [a] servant of God, avenger to [execute] wrath upon the [one] practicing evil. 5 Therefore [it is] necessary to be being subject, not only because of wrath, but also because of conscience. 6 Because of this, be paying tribute also, for they are ministers of God, being busily engaged in this same [thing]. 7 Repay to everyone [your] obligations, tribute to whom tribute [is due], tax to whom tax, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 8 Be obligated anything to no one, except to be agape-loving one another. For the [one] agape-loving another has fulfilled [the] law. 9 For the: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not desire3, and if any other commandment, in this word is it summed up, in the: You will agape-love your neighbor as yourself. 10 Agape-love works [your] neighbor no evil. Therefore agape-love is [the] fulfillment of [the] law. 11 And therefore having known the opportune-time4 , that the hour already [is] for you to be raised from sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the weapons5 of light. 13 Let us walk becomingly as in the day, not in partying and drunkenness, not in sex and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and be not making provision for the flesh, for [its] desires.


2from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.

3i.e. "covet"

4KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

5or "armor"