Let every soul to the higher authorities be subject, for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities existing are appointed by God,
so that he who is setting himself against the authority, against God's ordinance hath resisted; and those resisting, to themselves shall receive judgment.
For those ruling are not a terror to the good works, but to the evil; and dost thou wish not to be afraid of the authority? that which is good be doing, and thou shalt have praise from it,
for of God it is a ministrant to thee for good; and if that which is evil thou mayest do, be fearing, for not in vain doth it bear the sword; for of God it is a ministrant, an avenger for wrath to him who is doing that which is evil.
Wherefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of the wrath, but also because of the conscience,
for because of this also pay ye tribute; for servants of God they are, on this very thing attending continually;
render, therefore, to all [their] dues; to whom tribute, the tribute; to whom custom, the custom; to whom fear, the fear; to whom honour, the honour.
To no one owe anything, except to love one another; for he who is loving the other -- law he hath fulfilled,
for, `Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false testimony, Thou shalt not covet;' and if there is any other command, in this word it is summed up, in this: `Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;'
the love to the neighbor doth work no ill; the love, therefore, [is] the fulness of law.
And this, knowing the time, that for us, the hour already [is] to be aroused out of sleep, for now nearer [is] our salvation than when we did believe;
the night did advance, and the day came nigh; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness, and let us put on the armour of the light;
as in day-time, let us walk becomingly; not in revellings and drunkennesses, not in chamberings and lasciviousnesses, not in strife and emulation;
but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and for the flesh take no forethought -- for desires.
And him who is weak in the faith receive ye -- not to determinations of reasonings;
one doth believe that he may eat all things -- and he who is weak doth eat herbs;
let not him who is eating despise him who is not eating: and let not him who is not eating judge him who is eating, for God did receive him.
Thou -- who art thou that art judging another's domestic? to his own master he doth stand or fall; and he shall be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
One doth judge one day above another, and another doth judge every day [alike]; let each in his own mind be fully assured.
He who is regarding the day, to the Lord he doth regard [it], and he who is not regarding the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He who is eating, to the Lord he doth eat, for he doth give thanks to God; and he who is not eating, to the Lord he doth not eat, and doth give thanks to God.
For none of us to himself doth live, and none to himself doth die;
for both, if we may live, to the Lord we live; if also we may die, to the Lord we die; both then if we may live, also if we may die, we are the Lord's;
for because of this Christ both died and rose again, and lived again, that both of dead and of living he may be Lord.
And thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or again, thou, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand at the tribunal of the Christ;
for it hath been written, `I live! saith the Lord -- to Me bow shall every knee, and every tongue shall confess to God;'
so, then, each of us concerning himself shall give reckoning to God;
no longer, therefore, may we judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offence.
I have known, and am persuaded, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing [is] unclean of itself, except to him who is reckoning anything to be unclean -- to that one [it is] unclean;
and if through victuals thy brother is grieved, no more dost thou walk according to love; do not with thy victuals destroy that one for whom Christ died.
Let not, then, your good be evil spoken of,
for the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit;
for he who in these things is serving the Christ, [is] acceptable to God and approved of men.
So, then, the things of peace may we pursue, and the things of building up one another;
for the sake of victuals cast not down the work of God; all things, indeed, [are] pure, but evil [is] to the man who is eating through stumbling.
Right [it is] not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to [do anything] in which thy brother doth stumble, or is made to fall, or is weak.
Thou hast faith! to thyself have [it] before God; happy is he who is not judging himself in what he doth approve,
and he who is making a difference, if he may eat, hath been condemned, because [it is] not of faith; and all that [is] not of faith is sin.
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