Romans 13:4

“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For hee is the minister of God to thee for good: but if thou do that which is euill, be afraid: for he beareth not the sword in vaine: for he is the minister of God, a reuenger to execute wrath vpon him that doeth euill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that doeth evil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God's servant, making God's punishment come on the evil-doer.
- Basic English Bible

for it is God's minister to thee for good. But if thou practisest evil, fear; for it bears not the sword in vain; for it is God's minister, an avenger for wrath to him that does evil.
- Darby Bible

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou doest that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
- Webster's Bible

For he is God's servant for your benefit. But if you do what is wrong, be afraid. He does not wear the sword to no purpose: he is God's servant--an administrator to inflict punishment upon evil-doers.
- Weymouth Bible

for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn't bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
- World English Bible

for he is the mynystre of God to thee in to good. But if thou doist yuel, drede thou; for not with outen cause he berith the swerd, for he is the mynystre of God, vengere in to wraththe to hym that doith yuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

for of God it is a ministrant to thee for good; and if that which is evil thou mayest do, be fearing, for not in vain doth it bear the sword; for of God it is a ministrant, an avenger for wrath to him who is doing that which is evil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 13:4


13:4 The sword - The instrument of capital punishment, which God authorizes him to inflict.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 13:4


Ro 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. The ruler, the guardian of order and the preserver of peace is, as a rule, a blessing. He beareth not the sword in vain. Not only did the magistrate wear the sword, but one was borne before him in public processions as an emblem of his right to use it in the interests of order and justice.

Discussion for Romans 13

  • Irene123
    To Hyzette - Rom. 10:9, v. 14. If all one need do is v. 9 - then what is Gen. to Rev. all about .......? Acts 2:37-38 -- "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said, Men and brethren what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • Hyzette
    Hi Maria

    Answer to your question loving people does not mean you are saved. When you confess with your mouth that Jesus christ is your Lord and Saviour and make Him boss of your life than only you are saved.
  • Ako Ayuk
    Loving every body is good but love is empowered by God, so love God first and He will empower you to love everybody and therefore you will be fulfilling the most important aspect of Christianity (LOVE) Luke 10:27, Galatians 5:14
  • Rudy
    We love only what Jesus loves and hate what Jesus hates. If we love what Jesus loves we have no problem because that is what we are supposed to do as Jesus lovers. But if we love what Jesus hates then how can we say that we love Jesus?
  • Irene123
    To Maria - are you saying that if I just love everybody that - I am saved .....?
  • Irene123
    I go along with Brianna - except GOD'S name is Jesus for me.

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