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Romans 13:1-14

Submission to Governing Authorities

1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Love Fulfills the Law

8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”13:9 Exodus 20:13-15,17; Deut. 5:17-19,21 and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”13:9 Lev. 19:18 10Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

The Day Is Near

11And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.13:14 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

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Romafoɔ 13:1-14

Momfa Nidie Mma Tumi

1Ɛsɛ sɛ obiara brɛ ne ho ase ma tumi a ɛwɔ ɔman no mu, ɛfiri sɛ, tumi biara nni hɔ a ɛmfiri Onyankopɔn pɛ mu. Tumi biara a ɛwɔ hɔ no firi Onyankopɔn. 2Obiara a ɔne tumi a ɛwɔ hɔ no di asie no tia deɛ Onyankopɔn ahyehyɛ. Na obiara a ɔbɛyɛ saa no de atemmuo ba nʼankasa ara so. 3Wɔn a wɔyɛ papa no nsuro atumfoɔ, na mmom wɔn a wɔyɛ amumuyɛ no na wɔsuro atumfoɔ. Wopɛ sɛ woyɛ obi a ɔnsuro deɛ tumi wɔ ne nsam anaa? Ɛnneɛ, yɛ deɛ ɛtene na ɔbɛkamfo wo. 4Ɛfiri sɛ, ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn ɔsomfoɔ a wo yiedie mu enti na ɔyɛ adwuma. Na sɛ woyɛ bɔne a, suro no ɛfiri sɛ, ne tumi a ɔde twe aso no da hɔ fann. Ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn ɔsomfoɔ, enti ɔnam Onyankopɔn abufuo so twe wɔn a wɔyɛ bɔne no aso. 5Esiane saa enti, ɛsɛ sɛ wobrɛ wo ho ase ma tumi, a ɛnyɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn abufuo no enti, na mmom, ɛsiane nim a wonim sɛ ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ no enti.

6Yei enti na ɛsɛ sɛ wotua toɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, sɛ atumfoɔ no yɛ wɔn adwuma a, wɔyɛ ma Onyankopɔn. 7Enti, tua ka a wode wɔn; tua ka a wode; sɛ ɛyɛ wo honam mu ka anaasɛ ɛyɛ agyapadeɛ ho ka, na fa obuo ne anidie ma wɔn nyinaa.

Asɛdeɛ

8Nne obiara ka. Ɛka a ɛsɛ sɛ wode ara ne sɛ wobɛdɔ afoforɔ. Obiara a ɔdɔ ne yɔnko nnipa no adi mmara no so. 9Mmaransɛm a ɛka sɛ, “Nsɛe awadeɛ, nni awu, mmɔ korɔno, mma wʼani mmere adeɛ,” yeinom ne deɛ ɛkeka ho nyinaa tiawatwa ara ne sɛ, “Dɔ wo yɔnko sɛ wo ho.” 10Obiara a ɔdɔ ne yɔnko no nyɛ no bɔne. Sɛ wodɔ wo yɔnko a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ woadi mmara no nyinaa so.

11Ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ yei, ɛfiri sɛ, wonim mmerɛ a wowɔ mu. Ɛberɛ aduru sɛ wosɔre firi wo nna mu. Ɛfiri sɛ, ɛberɛ a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔgye yɛn nkwa no abɛn sene ɛberɛ a yɛgye dii kane no. 12Adesaeɛ retwam, na adekyeeɛ reyɛ abɛn yɛn. Enti, momma yɛnnyae nneɛma a ɛyɛ sum deɛ no yɛ, na momfa akodeɛ a wɔde ko hann mu no. 13Momma yɛmmɔ yɛn bra yie te sɛ nnipa a wɔte hann no mu a agobɔne anaa nsãborɔ, adwamammɔ anaa ahohwie, ɔko anaa anibereɛ nni mu. 14Momma Awurade Yesu Kristo mmɛn mo te sɛ ntoma a mofira, na morempɛ sɛ mobɛyɛ deɛ ɔhonam pɛ.