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61 Bible Verses About Submitting to Authority

Here are 61 Bible verses about submitting 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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Acts 5:29 KJV

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

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Romans 13:1 KJV

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

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James 4:17 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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Titus 3:1 KJV

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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Romans 12:2 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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1 Peter 2:13 KJV

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Luke 22:26 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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1 Peter 5:5 KJV

But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

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Romans 13:2 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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Matthew 8:9 KJV

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

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James 5:16 KJV

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

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Romans 13:5 KJV

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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John 19:11 KJV

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

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Romans 13:6 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 8:7 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 28:18 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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Matthew 22:21 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 2:14 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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1 Peter 2:9 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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Ephesians 5:21 KJV

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

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1 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

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Romans 13:4 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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Romans 12:21 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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John 8:32 KJV

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

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Mark 10:42-45 KJV

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

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Daniel 4:17 KJV

But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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Daniel 2:21 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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Proverbs 29:2 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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Psalms 68:18 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 2:15 KJV

Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

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Colossians 3:22 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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Romans 13:7 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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Romans 13:3 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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Acts 4:19 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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John 19:10 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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Matthew 22:17 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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1 John 4:1 KJV

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

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1 Peter 5:3 KJV

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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1 Peter 2:19 KJV

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

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1 Peter 2:17 KJV

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

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James 4:7 KJV

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

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1 Timothy 5:17 KJV

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

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1 Timothy 4:12 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 Timothy 2:2 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 Timothy 2:1 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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1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 KJV

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

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1 Thessalonians 4:6 KJV

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

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Colossians 3:14 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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Philippians 2:5-7 KJV

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

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Ephesians 6:5-8 KJV

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

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Ephesians 5:32 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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Ephesians 5:26 KJV

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

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Ephesians 5:23 KJV

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

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Ephesians 5:22 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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Ephesians 5:18 KJV

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

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Ephesians 5:11 KJV

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

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1 Corinthians 15:27-28 KJV

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

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1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV

For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

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Romans 13:14 KJV

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

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Romans 13:13 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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Romans 13:12 KJV

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

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