1 Kings 10:9
9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
The purpose of the civil magistrate–the higher power–is to do judgment and justice.
3 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:
4 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.
So, the government is not to be a terror but do good works to the people, except for those who are evil.
16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
58 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? [higher power] do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.