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84 Bible Verses About Submission to Authority

Here are 84 Bible verses about submission to authority from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

Hebrews 13:17 KJV

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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Romans 13:1 KJV

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.

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1 Peter 2:13 KJV

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.

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Ephesians 5:21 KJV

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

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Acts 5:29 KJV

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

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Romans 8:7 KJV

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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John 19:11 KJV

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

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Titus 3:1 KJV

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

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Romans 13:2 KJV

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

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Matthew 22:21 KJV

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

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1 Peter 5:5 KJV

They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

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Romans 13:5 KJV

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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James 4:7 KJV

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

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1 Peter 2:14 KJV

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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Romans 13:4 KJV

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.

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Revelation 1:1 KJV

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.

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1 Peter 2:15 KJV

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

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Ephesians 5:22 KJV

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

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1 Peter 5:6 KJV

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

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Daniel 2:21 KJV

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

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John 19:10 KJV

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

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Romans 13:7 KJV

Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

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Colossians 3:22 KJV

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

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Romans 13:3 KJV

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

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Proverbs 24:21-22 KJV

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:

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1 Peter 2:19 KJV

My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

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Daniel 4:17 KJV

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

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Romans 12:21 KJV

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

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Matthew 28:18 KJV

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Luke 22:42 KJV

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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1 Peter 2:18-20 KJV

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

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1 Corinthians 14:34 KJV

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

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Acts 17:10-11 KJV

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

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Proverbs 29:2 KJV

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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1 Timothy 5:17 KJV

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

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1 Peter 2:18 KJV

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

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1 Peter 2:23 KJV

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

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Romans 13:6 KJV

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

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1 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

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

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Matthew 26:39 KJV

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

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1 Peter 2:17 KJV

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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Matthew 22:17 KJV

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

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James 1:25 KJV

Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

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Ephesians 5:26 KJV

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

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Acts 4:19 KJV

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

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John 8:32 KJV

But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

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Hebrews 5:8 KJV

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Ephesians 5:24 KJV

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

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1 Peter 3:5-6 KJV

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

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Romans 12:14 KJV

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

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Acts 4:18-20 KJV

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

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Genesis 3:16 KJV

And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

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1 Peter 2:14-15 KJV

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

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Colossians 3:18 KJV

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. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

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Romans 7:4 KJV

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

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Ephesians 5:11 KJV

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

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Romans 12:1 KJV

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

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Ephesians 6:1 KJV

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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1 Timothy 4:12 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

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Romans 13:14 KJV

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

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1 Thessalonians 4:6 KJV

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

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John 3:16 KJV

That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

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Matthew 17:24-27 KJV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Colossians 3:22-25 KJV

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

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Romans 6:22 KJV

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

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Ephesians 6:8 KJV

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

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1 Peter 5:3 KJV

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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Ephesians 1:21 KJV

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

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Ephesians 6:11 KJV

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

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Ephesians 5:32 KJV

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Ephesians 5:23 KJV

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

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Judges 21:25 KJV

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

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Romans 12:10 KJV

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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1 Timothy 2:2 KJV

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

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1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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Job 22:21 KJV

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

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1 Timothy 2:1 KJV

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

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Ephesians 5:25 KJV

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

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Ephesians 6:5-8 KJV

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

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1 Peter 2:12 KJV

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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John 3:16-17 KJV

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

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Matthew 22:37 KJV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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1 Peter 2:17-18 KJV

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

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Titus 3:1-3 KJV

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

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Romans 13:2-7 KJV

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

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Luke 17:7-10 KJV

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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

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