Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on 1 Peter 2:14 in English Standard Version "or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good." Ro 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, Ro 13:4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.