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

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

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

  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal truths- Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
  • Ray321
    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. If we speak the truth about the Word and someone bring evil to us, God have mercy on them. Hebrews 4:12 THE WORD OF GOD
  • A disciple
    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE! May the Lord have mercy on us all!
  • A dsiciple
    Lu2677; This is a VERY important subject so applicable for us today. Many are turned aside from the commandments of the Saviour by hearkening to voices in the world, which say we must stand and fight for our rights. With respect to the Military and the Police, that's there job by God's appointment. But for us as individuals, we follow Jesus' example of love, piety, faith and meekness toward all.
  • Lu2677
    Roman 13:1 "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (government).For there are no powers but of God,(our government is put in place by God).The powers that be, are ordained by God." This chapter is telling us to give honor,give tribute,love,submit,owe nothing to government officials. Regardless of what they do. His word stands!
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 13:11 AND THAT KNOWING THE TIME THAT NOW IT IS HIGH TIME TO AWAKE OUT OF SLEEP FOR NOW OUR SALVATION IS NEARER THAN WHEN WE BELIEVED 2 TIMOTHY 4:7 I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH ****HEBREWS 10:36 FOR YOU HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE THAT --- AFTER --- YOU HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD YOU MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE

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