To whom has God given the authority to punish evil?

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God has given parents the right and the responsibility to punish, their children’s disobedience. This is to be done with discretion. The government also has the right and responsiblity to punish evil doers and, in case of need, to protect the nation and people with the use of arms from attack by the enemy.

Prov. 13:24: He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

Ps.103: 13: Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Gen. 9:6: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man.

Rom. 13:4: For he (public authority) beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.