12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may [a]because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of [b]visitation.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,14 or to governors as sent [c]by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.15 For [d]such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.16 Act as free men, and [e]do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the [f]king.
18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are [g]unreasonable.19 For this finds[h]favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds[i]favor with God.
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