Table of Duties - continued
Of Civil Government
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God;
the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God;
and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
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;
for he is the minister of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid,
for he beareth not the sword in vain;
for He is the minister of God,
a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Omnis anima potestatibus supereminentibus subdita sit.
Non enim est potestas nisi a Deo.
Quae vero sunt potestates, a Deo ordinatae sunt.
Itaque quisquis resistit potestati, Dei ordinationi resistit.
Qui autem resisterint, sibi ipsis iudicium accipient.
Non enim frustra gladium gestat, nam Dei minister est,
ultor ad iram ei, qui, quod malum est, fecerit.
(De Epistola beati Pauli Apostoli ad Romanos)