New Living Translation
For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.
King James Bible
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Darby Bible Translation
For rulers are not a terror to a good work, but to an evil one. Dost thou desire then not to be afraid of the authority? practise what is good, and thou shalt have praise from it;
World English Bible
For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same,
Young's Literal Translation
For those ruling are not a terror to the good works, but to the evil; and dost thou wish not to be afraid of the authority? that which is good be doing, and thou shalt have praise from it,
Romans 13:3 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
13:3 For rulers are - In the general, notwithstanding some particular exceptions. A terror to evil works - Only. Wouldest thou then not be afraid - There is one fear which precedes evil actions, and deters from them: this should always remain. There is another fear which follows evil actions: they who do well are free from this.
Library1 Peter iv. 8
And above all things have fervent Charity among your selves: for Charity shall cover the multitude of Sins. THE Design which I am now prosecuting, obligeth me to take notice of such Passages of Scripture as any professed Christians may, on any Account, be apt to interpret to a very bad Purpose: that is, to the giving themselves Encouragement to hope for God's future Mercy; for the Sake of his Son: even whilst they continue in the habitual Practice of known Sins. And the Words which I have now read …
Benjamin Hoadly—Several Discourses Concerning the Terms of Acceptance with God
The Beauty and Excellency of this World Consists, not Only in the Perfection and Comeliness...
Twenty-Seven Articles Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate.
The North African Church under the Vandals.
So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.
1 Peter 2:14
or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
Jump to PreviousAfraid Approval Authority Bad Cause Commend Conduct Desire Evil Fear Feared Free Good Hold Judges Magistrates Power Praise Reason Receive Right Ruler Rulers Terror Wilt Work Works Wrong
Jump to NextAfraid Approval Authority Bad Cause Commend Conduct Desire Evil Fear Feared Free Good Hold Judges Magistrates Power Praise Reason Receive Right Ruler Rulers Terror Wilt Work Works Wrong
LinksRomans 13:3 NIV
Romans 13:3 NLT
Romans 13:3 ESV
Romans 13:3 NASB
Romans 13:3 KJV
Romans 13:3 Bible Apps
Romans 13:3 Biblia Paralela
Romans 13:3 Chinese Bible
Romans 13:3 French Bible
Romans 13:3 German Bible
Romans 13:3 Commentaries