After a general address, Jude exhorteth Christians to constancy in the received faith. He foretelleth the punishment of certain false teachers crept into the church, and describeth their evil doctrine and manners. He exhorteth true Christians to persevere in the right faith, and in the love of God; and to seek the reformation of others. He concludeth with ascribing glory to God.
1 JUDE,a the bservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of cJames, to them that dare sanctified by God the Father, and epreserved in Jesus Christ, and fcalled:
2 gMercy unto you, and hpeace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the icommon salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that jye should earnestly contend for kthe faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men lcrept in unawares, who mwere before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, nturning the grace of our God into *lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
- l: Ga. 2:4 , 2Pe. 2:1 - 3 , 2Pe. 2:18 , 2Pe. 2:19 , 2Pe. 3:17 , Ep. 4:14 , 2Ti. 3:6 , 2Ti. 2:17 , 2Ti. 2:18
- m: Ro. 9:21 , Ro. 9:22 , 1Pe. 2:8 , 2Pe. 3:3
- n: Jn. 1:17 , Tit. 2:11 , Tit. 2:12 , Ac. 20:32 , Tit. 1:15 , Tit. 1:16 , He. 12:15 , 2Pe. 2:1 , 2Pe. 2:18 , 2Pe. 2:22
- *: lasciviousness-lustfulness, sexual wantonness, indecency.
5 I owill therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And pthe angels which kept not their 1first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 qEven as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after 2strange flesh, rare set forth for an example, suffering sthe vengeance of eternal fire.
- q: Ge. 13:13 , Ge. 18:20 , Ge. 19:5 , Ge. 19:24 , Ge. 19:26 , De. 29:5 , De. 29:23 , Is. 1:9 , Is. 13:19 , Je. 20:16 , Je. 50:40 , La. 4:6 , Ho. 11:8 , Am. 4:11 , Lu. 17:29 , 2Pe. 2:6
- 2: Gr. other, Ge. 19.5. Ro. 1.26,27. 1Co. 6.9. 2Pe. 2.10. , Ge. 19:5 , Ro. 1:26 , Ro. 1:27 , 1Co. 6:9 , 2Pe. 2:10
- r: 1Co. 10:6 , 1Co. 10:11 , 2Pe. 2:6 , Mat. 11:24
- s: 2Th. 1:8
8 tLikewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet uMichael the varchangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the wbody of Moses, xdurst not bring against him a *railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 yBut these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, zin those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone ain the way of Cain, and bran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in cthe *gainsaying of Core.
12 dThese are spots in your feasts of *charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: eclouds they are without water, fcarried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 gRaging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; hwandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And iEnoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, jBehold, the Lord cometh kwith ten thousands of his saints,
15 lTo execute judgment upon all, and to *convince all that are ungodly among them mof all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their nhard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 oThese are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; pand their mouth speaketh great swelling words, qhaving men's persons in *admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, rremember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you sthere should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 tThese be they who separate themselves, usensual, vhaving not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, wbuilding up yourselves on your most holy faith, xpraying in the Holy *Ghost,
21 yKeep yourselves in the love of God, zlooking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 aAnd of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 bAnd others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; chating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him dthat is able to keep you from falling, and eto present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,