Romans 13:1

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Romans 13:1

Let euery soule bee subiect vnto the higher powers: For there is no power but of God. The powers that be, are ordeined of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the `powers' that be are ordained of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let everyone put himself under the authority of the higher powers, because there is no power which is not of God, and all powers are ordered by God.
- Basic English Bible

Let every soul be subject to the authorities that are above [him]. For there is no authority except from God; and those that exist are set up by God.
- Darby Bible

Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but from God: the powers that are, are ordained by God.
- Webster's Bible

Let every individual be obedient to those who rule over him; for no one is a ruler except by God's permission, and our present rulers have had their rank and power assigned to them by Him.
- Weymouth Bible

Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
- World English Bible

Euery soule be suget to heiyere powers. For ther is no power but of God, and tho thingis that ben of God, ben ordeyned.
- Wycliffe Bible

Let every soul to the higher authorities be subject, for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities existing are appointed by God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Romans 13:1

Wesley's Notes for Romans 13:1

13:1 St. Paul, writing to the Romans, whose city was the seat of the empire, speaks largely of obedience to magistrates: and this was also, in effect, a public apology for the Christian religion. Let every soul be subject to the supreme powers - An admonition peculiarly needful for the Jews. Power, in the singular number, is the supreme authority; powers are they who are invested with it. That is more readily acknowledged to be from God than these. The apostle affirms it of both. They are all from God, who constituted all in general, and permits each in particular by his providence. The powers that be are appointed by God - It might be rendered, are subordinate to, or, orderly disposed under, God; implying, that they are God's deputies or vicegerents and consequently, their authority being, in effect, his, demands our conscientious obedience.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 13:1

Ro 13:1 The Christians and Civil Government SUMMARY OF ROMANS 13: Civil Government an Appointment of God. A Protection to the Law-Abiding. A Terror to Evil Doers. Must Be Supported by Taxes and Customs. Love the Fulfillment of the Divine Law. The Christian to Live a Holy, Spiritual Life. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. To the established civil government. Why should Paul, in this portion of the epistle to Christian life, give this exhortation to obedience to civil government? Perhaps for several reasons: (1) The Christians at that early period were usually associated by the heathen with the Jews, and the Jews were noted for turbulence. See Ac 18:2. (2) The fires that broke forth a few years later, in the Jewish uprising that led to the destruction of Jerusalem, were already smoldering wherever there were those of Jewish blood. Many Christians were Jews by birth. (3) There was danger that Christians, especially under persecution, should be inclined to make disturbance. (4) Some even held that since Christ's kingdom was established human governments had no rightful existence. There is no power but of God. He is the source of all authority, and he has appointed human governments for the welfare of man. The existing government over us is to be regarded as a divine arrangement.

Discussion for Romans 13

  • Brianna on Romans 13:1
    Technically this scripture could be applied to many forms of atrocity such as teachers and parents, but it primarily talks about government. These translations used, kind of make it seem like God created human governments to rule over other humans. Another translation puts it this way : Let every person be in subjection to the superiorauthorities, for there is no authority except by God the existingauthorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. Brants comment did such an awesome job of explaining how human rulers came about. The nation of Israel had leaders, relatively, but everything was through God. He never intended for humans to rule themselves. He was going to be our rightful ruler. The Israelites gave that up and thus we have our governments today. Jehovah God allows them to exist for the simple fact of bringing order. But, when his day arrives those corrupt systems will also be destroyed along with Satan and the rest of his system.
  • Vanessa on Romans 13:1
    Everyone needs be subject to the ones that have rule over you. It can be your parents, teachers, ministers or whomever that have authority over you. All authority come from God. Some people are place in our lives to make us come higher in God. Be obedient to God and the ones that have rule over you so one day you will wear that crown.
  • Phyllis on Romans 13:1
    If taken as a commandment, this passage would condemn the American War for Independence against Great Britain. Our founding fathers would have been in disobedience to God. In the context of the time, the early Church had to be wise in their dealings with hostile governments in order to survive. The only authority that the Church is subject to is the Bible.
  • Rob on Romans 13:1
    I think AA and other religions misuse the term and that it is from the New Age religion which I don't and won't endorse. To me this is blasemphy!
  • Brant on Romans 13:1
    When God's rule is rejected, as it first was civilly in the First Book of Samuel, then we are subject to the rule of men. That is when each of us refuse to live the way we know we should,in love and in peace, in God's grace. To love the Lord our God with all of our heart, all of our soul,all of our strength,and all of our mind. And to love our neighbor as our self. We relinquish our freedoms to the degree we relinquish our responsibility to obey this command. We are warned in the eight chapter of First Samuel of the consequences of human rule and the eleventh chapter of Zechariah of the what was to come. As Israel rejected God for a human King,as the Jews rejected Christ as Savior, so we lose are freedom by rejecting the Word of God. It is by this that man is subjected to the powers that be, it is his own doing.
  • Mac on Romans 13:1
    Trying to compare Pauline position with Rawls’ justice theory position and Kant's categorical imperative. Does the state have a divine mandate of heaven even the immoral ones or does humanity have the responsibility to choose a better way?


Do you have a Bible comment or question?

Please view the Comment Guidelines before posting...

2000 characters remain...

Bible Options

Sponsored Links