Romans 13:5

“Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherfore ye must needs be subiect, not onely for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore `ye' must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So put yourselves under the authority, not for fear of wrath, but because you have the knowledge of what is right.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath, but also on account of conscience.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
- Webster's Bible

We must obey therefore, not only in order to escape punishment, but also for conscience' sake.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
- World English Bible

And therfor bi nede be ye suget, not oneli for wraththe, but also for conscience.
- Wycliffe Bible

Wherefore it is necessary to be subject, not only because of the wrath, but also because of the conscience,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 13:5


13:5 Not only for fear of wrath - That is, punishment from man. But for conscience' sake - Out of obedience to God.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 13:5


Ro 13:5 Wherefore . . . not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. There are two reasons for obedience to the civil ruler: (1) If one fails to obey him, he will be a subject of his wrath (judgment) and be punished. (2) It is God's will that we should obey our civil rulers. Hence, conscience should be a motive.

Discussion for Romans 13

  • Terry
    If you depend on just verse 9, you depend on works. One must take in the whole counsel of God! It starts with Faith, then comes the works compelled by the Holy Spirit. I.E, What is faith without works? - James I believe.
    All the commandments hinge on Love God first, Neighbor next. The rest will fall in place with a progressing relationship through prayer and study.
  • 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
    I go along with Brianna - except GOD'S name is Jesus for me.

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