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Romans chapter 13

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Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.
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So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.
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For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval.
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For government is God's servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God's servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.
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Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.
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And for this reason you pay taxes, since the [authorities] are God's public servants, continually attending to these tasks.
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Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.
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Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
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The commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment-- all are summed up by this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
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Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
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The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
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Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy.
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But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.

Romans chapter 14

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Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don't argue about doubtful issues.
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One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables.
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One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat; and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him.
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Who are you to criticize another's household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And stand he will! For the Lord is able to make him stand.
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One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind.
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Whoever observes the day, observes it to the Lord. Whoever eats, eats to the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is to the Lord that he does not eat, yet he thanks God.
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For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
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If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
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Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.
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But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
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For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.
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So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
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Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another, but instead decide not to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother's way.
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(I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.)
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For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. By what you eat, do not destroy that one for whom Christ died.
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Therefore, do not let your good be slandered,
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for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
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Whoever serves the Messiah in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.
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So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
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Do not tear down God's work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats.
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It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble.
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Do you have faith? Keep it to yourself before God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
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But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.

Romans chapter 15

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Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.
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Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.
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For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.
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For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope.
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Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus,
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so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.
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Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.
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Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers,
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and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and I will sing psalms to Your name.
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Again it says: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people!
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And again: Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; all the peoples should praise Him!
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And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope.
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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Now, my brothers, I myself am convinced about you that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
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Nevertheless, to remind you, I have written to you more boldly on some points because of the grace given me by God
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to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a priest of God's good news. My purpose is that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
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Therefore I have reason to boast in Christ Jesus regarding what pertains to God.
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For I would not dare say anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed,
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by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit. As a result, I have fully proclaimed the good news about the Messiah from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.
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So my aim is to evangelize where Christ has not been named, in order that I will not be building on someone else's foundation,
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but, as it is written: Those who had no report of Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.
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That is why I have been prevented many times from coming to you.
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But now I no longer have any work to do in these provinces, and I have strongly desired for many years to come to you
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whenever I travel to Spain. For I do hope to see you when I pass through, and to be sent on my way there by you, once I have first enjoyed your company for a while.
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Now, however, I am traveling to Jerusalem to serve the saints;
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for Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution to the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
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Yes, they were pleased, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual benefits, then they are obligated to minister to Jews in material needs.
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So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will go by way of you to Spain.
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But I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
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Now I implore you, brothers, through the Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to agonize together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf:
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that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
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and that, by God's will, I may come to you with joy and be refreshed together with you.
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The God of peace be with all of you. Amen.

Romans chapter 16

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I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae.
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So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many-- and of me also.
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Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus,
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who risked their own necks for my life. Not only do I thank them, but so do all the Gentile churches.
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Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.
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Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you.
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Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow countrymen and fellow prisoners. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were also in Christ before me.
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Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord.
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Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
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Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
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Greet Herodion, my fellow countryman. Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
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Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked very hard in the Lord.
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Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother-- and mine.
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Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them.
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Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
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Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings.
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Now I implore you, brothers, watch out for those who cause dissensions and pitfalls contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them;
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for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
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The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil.
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The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
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Timothy, my co-worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow countrymen, greet you.
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I Tertius, who penned this epistle in the Lord, greet you.
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Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you.
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[[The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.]]
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Now to Him who has power to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the sacred secret kept silent for long ages,
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but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God, to advance the obedience of faith among all nations--
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to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ-- to Him be the glory forever! Amen.