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Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:13 ordinance of man. The phrase “ordinance of man” means, literally, “human creation.” Since only God really creates, we must regard human ordinances as divine ordinances and submit to them as unto God, unless they contradict God’s written Word. Note Romans 13:1.

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