“Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:14 Or to subordinate governors, or magistrates.
1Pe 2:14 Or unto the governors. The magistrates placed over the provinces of the Roman empire. Rulers are necessary, for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. Both to punish the evil and to reward the good. Compare Ro 13:1-6.