1Let every soul be subject to the sovereign authorities. For there is no power which is not from Elohim; and those who are in authority are ordained by Elohim. 2Whoever therefore resists authority, resists the command of Elohim; and they who resist shall receive judgment to themselves. 3For judges are not a menace to good works, but to evil. Now if you wish not to be afraid of authority, then do good, and you will be praised for it. 4For the ruler is the minister of Elohim to you for good. But if you do that which is wrong, be afraid; for he is not girded with the sword in vain; for he is the minister of Elohim, and an avenger of wrath upon those who commit crime. 5Therefore, we must be obedient, not only in fear of wrath, but also for the sake of our conscience. 6For this reason you pay head tax also; for they are ministers of Elohim who are in charge of these things.
7Render, therefore, to every one as is due to him, head tax to him who is in charge of head tax, duty to him who is in charge of taxes; reverence to whom reverence is due, and honor to whom honor is due. 8Owe no man anything, but love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has confirmed the Torah, 9which says, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not covet;” and if there is any other mitzvah, it is confirmed in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does not work evil to his neighbor, because love is the confirmation of the Torah.
11Know this also, that now is the time and the hour that we should awake from our sleep, for now life is nearer to us than when we first trusted. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk decently, as in the daylight; not in clamor and drunkenness, not in the practice of immorality, not in envy and strife. 14But clothe yourselves with Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, and disregard the lusts of the flesh.
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