Romans 13:6

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

AD 202
Now, that he spake these words, not in regard to angelical powers, nor of invisible rulers-as some venture to expound the passage-but of those of actual human authorities,

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Paul is saying here that we bear witness to the benefits which the ruler gives us by paying him a salary. The taxation system may seem to be burdensome and annoying, but Paul turns it into proof that rulers care for their people. Why, after all, do we pay taxes to the emperor? Is it not because he provides for us? We would not have paid it in the first place if we did not know that we are the ones who benefit from this government. It was for this reason that the men of old agreed that rulers should be maintained by the people, because they neglect their own affairs in order to devote themselves entirely to the public welfare, spending all their energy in order to protect us.

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
Then he goes on also to show how he wishes you to be subject to the powers, bidding you pay "tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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