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

  • 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
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 13:2 WHOSOEVER THEREFORE RESISTETH THE POWER RESISTETH THE ORDINANCE OF GOD AND THEY THAT RESIST SHALL RECEIVE TO THEMSELVES DAMNATION 1JOHN 3:18 MY LITTLE CHILDREN LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD NEITHER IN TONGUE BUT IN DEED AND TRUTH

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