Amplified Bible

Romans 13

Be Subject to Government

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God. Therefore whoever [a]resists [governmental] authority resists the ordinance of God. And those who have resisted it will bring judgment (civil penalty) on themselves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject [to civil authorities], not only to escape the punishment [that comes with wrongdoing], but also as a matter of principle [knowing what is right before God]. For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance. Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.

[b]Owe nothing to anyone except to [c]love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman]. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and any other commandment are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law.

11 Do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ]. 12 The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. 13 Let us conduct ourselves properly and honorably as in the [light of] day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for [nor even think about gratifying] the flesh in regard to its improper desires.

Notas al pie

  1. Romans 13:2 An exception to this is recorded in Acts 5:27-29. See especially v 29.
  2. Romans 13:8 Debt is generally to be avoided, but Paul probably is addressing debt to individuals with whom one has a personal relationship.
  3. Romans 13:8 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for other believers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

羅馬書 13


1人人都要服從政府的權柄,因為所有的權柄都是出於上帝。現存的政權都是上帝設立的。 所以,抗拒權柄,就是抗拒上帝的命令,抗拒的人必自招懲罰。 掌權者不是叫行善的懼怕,而是叫作惡的懼怕。你想不怕掌權的嗎?就要行得正,這樣你會得到稱讚。 要知道掌權者是上帝差遣的,對行得正的人有益處。然而,你若作惡,就該懼怕,因為他必將你繩之以法[a]。他是上帝的僕人,代表上帝秉公行義,懲奸罰惡。 所以,你們必須服從,不單是為了避免受到懲罰,也是為了良心無愧。

你們納稅也是為了同樣的緣故,因為官長是上帝的僕人,負責管理這類事務。 凡是別人該得的,都要給他。該得米糧的,就納糧給他;該得稅款的,就繳稅給他;該懼怕的,就懼怕他;該尊敬的,就尊敬他。


凡事都不可虧欠人,但在彼此相愛方面要常常覺得做得不夠。一個人愛別人,就成全了律法。 因為「不可通姦、不可殺人、不可偷竊、不可貪婪」以及其他誡命,都可以總結成一句話——「愛鄰如己」。 10 人若有愛心,就不會作惡害人,所以愛成全了律法。

11 還有,要知道現今是你們該醒過來的時候了!因為與初信的時候相比,我們得救的日子更近了。 12 黑夜已深,天將破曉,我們要除掉黑暗的行為,穿上光明的盔甲[b] 13 我們要為人端正,光明磊落,不可荒宴醉酒、好色邪蕩、嫉妒紛爭。 14 你們要活出主耶穌基督的榮美[c],不要只顧放縱罪惡本性的私慾。

Notas al pie

  1. 13·4 他必將你繩之以法」希臘文是「他配劍,不只是作作樣子的」。
  2. 13·12 穿上光明的盔甲」或譯「帶上光明的兵器」。
  3. 13·14 活出主耶穌基督的榮美」希臘文是「穿上主耶穌基督」。