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.

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Rimljanima 13

Poslušnost vlastima

1Budite poslušni vlastima jer ih je Bog postavio. Nema te vlasti koju nije Bog postavio.

Zato tko se suprotstavlja zakonima neke zemlje, suprotstavlja se Božjoj odredbi te sam na sebe navlači osudu.

Jer vlasti se ne boje ljudi koji čine dobro, nego oni koji čine zlo. Ako se ne želiš bojati vlasti, čini dobro pa ćeš od njih dobiti i pohvalu.

Vlasti nam je Bog dao da nam budu od pomoći. Zato se boj ako činiš zlo jer one služe da kazne ljude koji gnjeve Boga time što čine zlo.

Zato im budi poslušan da ne budeš kažnjen i da ti savjest bude čista.

Zato i poreze plaćajte jer službenici vlasti obavljaju posao koji im je Bog namijenio.

Svakome dajte što mu dugujete: poreznicima porez, carinicima carinu, a poštovanje i čast ljudima kojima ih dugujete.

Zakon ljubavi

Ne ostajte nikome dužni osim da volite jedni druge. Taj dug nikada ne možete potpuno isplatiti. Volite li bližnje, ispunit ćete sve odredbe Božjega zakona.

Zaista, 'Ne učini preljub

10 Ljubav prema bližnjemu ne čini zla. Ona potpuno ispunjava sve Božje odredbe.

11 Još jedan razlog da živite kako valja je taj što znate da vrijeme istječe. Probudimo se jer nam je čas spasenja bliže nego kad smo uzvjerovali.

12 Noć je gotovo na izmaku, dan spasenja se približio. Nemojmo zato živjeti u tami i ne činimo zla djela! Svucimo ih kao prljavu odjeću i odjenimo se u oklop pravednog života, živeći u svjetlosti.

13 živimo pristojno kao ljudi koji žive na svjetlu dana - bez razuzdanih zabava i opijanja, bez preljuba i razvrata, bez svađe i ljubomore!

14 Obucite se radije u Gospodina Isusa Krista i ne ugađajte požudama brinući se za tijelo.