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 [a]by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.15 For [b]such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.16 Act as free men, and [c]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 [d]king.
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