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Jude Chapter 1

1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:

2 Mercy to you and peace and love be multiplied.

3 Beloved, while I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I was constrained to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

4 For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into indecency, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ.

5 Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn't believe.

6 Angels who didn't keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgement of the great day.

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, having in the same way as these given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are shown as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.

8 Yet in the same way, these also in their dreaming defile the flesh, despise authority, and slander celestial beings.

9 But Michael, the archangel, when contending with the devil and arguing about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him an abusive condemnation, but said, "May the Lord rebuke you!"

10 But these speak evil of whatever things they don't know. They are destroyed in these things that they understand naturally, like the creatures without reason.

11 Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah's rebellion.

12 These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.

14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones,

15 to execute judgement on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

16 These are murmurers and complainers, walking after their lusts - and their mouth speaks proud things - showing respect of persons to gain advantage.

17 But you, beloved, remember the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

18 They said to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts."

19 These are those who cause divisions and are sensual, not having the Spirit.

20 But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

21 Keep yourselves in God's love, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

22 On some have compassion, making a distinction,

23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.

24 Now to him who is able to keep them from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy,

25 to God our Saviour, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.


Verse 1 (Jude)
or, Judah
Verse 14 (Behold)
"Behold" means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
Verse 24 (keep them)
Textus Receptus and Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies critical text Greek New Testament read "you"

Version: World English Bible

Jude Chapter 1 Guide

The subject of this epistle is apostasy. Apostasy is shown to be wilful return to ungodliness. Two classes are dealt with: those who "kept not," and are therefore "kept"; and those who "keep themselves," and are "kept from stumbling."

The faith was in peril, and Jude wrote urging that they should contend earnestly for the faith. The faith for which he pleaded was a life of loyalty to the Lord. The danger was created by the presence and influence of certain men who were making the grace of God an occasion for lasciviousness.

Three illustrations were given of the evil results of apostasy, those of Israel, angels, and the cities of the plain. The fundamental wrong of the men referred to was insubordination: they were "setting at nought dominion, and railing at dignitaries." The influence of such men is like that of Cain, hatred and murder; of Balaam, seduction and lying; of Korah, envy and rebellion. In a passage full of fiery force, Jude denounced the evil of these ungodly men.

The subject of the h e attitude of believers in face of all these perils is dealt with. First, there is to be recognition of the danger. It has two distinguishing marks. The first is that their influence is that "they make separations," and the second is that their temper is sensual, not spiritual. In the presence of these perils it is important that believers should "keep yourselves in the love of God." This is to be done by building on faith, praying in the Spirit, and looking for mercy.

There is a relative duty. "On some have mercy," that is, those in doubt. "Some save," that is, probably, such as had been snared. These are to be snatched from the fire. "On some have mercy with fear," refers possibly to the Libertines themselves.

The epistle closes with a glorious doxology which ascribes to God the Saviour all honour for that He is able to accomplish the salvation of His trusting ones in two ways, which are all-inclusive: as to continuity, "able to guard you from stumbling"; and as to consummation, "to set you before the presence of His glory."

From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.