Lessons of obedience to superiors, and mutual charity.
1 Let *every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but
from God: and those that are, are ordained of God.
2 Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God,
and they that resist, purchase to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers 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.
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which
is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is the minister of God: and avenger to execute wrath upon him
that doth evil.
5 Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience-sake.
6 For therefore also you pay tribute: for they are the ministers of God,
serving unto this purpose.
7 *Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute, to whom tribute is
due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honour, to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth his
neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.
9 *For 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.
10 The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love, therefore, is the fulfilling
of the law.
11 And that knowing the time: that it is now the hour for us to rise from
sleep: for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.
12 The 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.
13 Let us walk honestly as in the day: *not in rioting and drunkenness,
not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy:
14 *But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the
flesh in its concupiscences.
1: Wisdom vi. 4.; 1 Peter ii. 13.
7: Matthew xxi. 21.
9: Exodus xx. 14.; Deuteronomy v. 18. --- ** Leviticus xix. 18.; Matthew
xxii. 39.; Mark xii. 31.; Galatians v. 14.; James ii. 8.
13: Luke xxi. 34.
14: Galatians v. 16.; 1 Peter ii. 11.