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.

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