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Romans 13:6

    Romans 13:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually on this very thing.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For this cause ye pay tribute also; for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually upon this very thing.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the same reason, make payment of taxes; because the authority is God's servant, to take care of such things at all times.

    Webster's Revision

    For this cause ye pay tribute also; for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually upon this very thing.

    World English Bible

    For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God's service, attending continually on this very thing.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For for this cause ye pay tribute also; for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually upon this very thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 13:6

    For this cause pay ye tribute also - Because civil government is an order of God, and the ministers of state must be at considerable expense in providing for the safety and defense of the community, it is necessary that those in whose behalf these expenses are incurred should defray that expense; and hence nothing can be more reasonable than an impartial and moderate taxation, by which the expenses of the state may be defrayed, and the various officers, whether civil or military, who are employed for the service of the public, be adequately remunerated. All this is just and right, but there is no insinuation in the apostle's words in behalf of an extravagant and oppressive taxation, for the support of unprincipled and unnecessary wars; or the pensioning of corrupt or useless men. The taxes are to be paid for the support of those who are God's ministers - the necessary civil officers, from the king downwards, who are attending Continually on this very thing. And let the reader observe, that by God's ministers are not meant here the ministers of religion, but the civil officers in all departments of the state.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 13:6

    For this cause - Because they are appointed by God; for the sake of conscience, and in order to secure the execution of the laws. As they are appointed by God, the tribute which is needful for their support becomes an act of homage to God, an act performed in obedience to his will, and acceptable to him.

    Tribute also - Not only be subject Romans 13:5, but pay what may be necessary to support the government. "Tribute" properly denotes the "tax," or annual compensation, which was paid by one province or nation to a superior, as the price of protection, or as an acknowledgment of subjection. The Romans made all conquered provinces pay this "tribute;" and it would become a question whether it was "right" to acknowledge this claim, and submit to it. Especially would this question be agitated by the Jews and by Jewish Christians. But on the principle which the apostle had laid down Romans 13:1-2, it was right to do it, and was demanded by the very purposes of government. In a larger sense, the word "tribute" means any tax paid on land or personal estate for the support of the government.

    For they are God's ministers - His servants; or they are appointed by him. As the government is "his" appointment, we should contribute to its support as a matter of conscience, because we thus do honor to the arrangement of God. It may be observed here, also, that the fact that civil rulers are the ministers of God, invests their character with great sacredness, and should impress upon "them" the duty of seeking to do his will, as well as on others the duty of submitting to them.

    Attending continually - As they attend to this, and devote their time and talents to it, it is proper that they should receive a suitable support. It becomes then a duty for the people to contribute cheerfully to the necessary expenses of the government. If those taxes should be unjust and oppressive, yet, like other evils, they are to be submitted to, until a remedy can be found in a proper way.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 13:6

    13:6 For this cause - Because they are the ministers (officers) of God for the public good. This very thing - The public good.