1 Peter 2:17
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
The most unreasonable things in the world become most reasonable because of the unruly lives of men. What is less reasonable than to choose the eldest son of a queen to guide a State? For we do not choose as steersman of a ship that one of the passengers who is of the best family. Such a law would be ridiculous and unjust, but since men are so themselves, and ever will be, it becomes reasonable and just. For would they choose the most virtuous and able, we at once fall to blows, since each asserts that he is the most virtuous and able. Let us then affix this quality to something which cannot be disputed. This is the king's eldest son. That is clear, and there is no dispute. Reason can do no better, for civil war is the worst of evils.
Parallel VersesKJV: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.