Jude 1 (New Testament) (JFB commentary following
(Someone said if God does not judge our country, he should apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah)
24 AND 25 ARE VERY COMFORTING.
1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and
brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace
of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
will 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.
6And the angels which
kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the
judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about
them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering
the vengeance of eternal fire.
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile
the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9Yet Michael the
archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation,
but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10But these speak evil of those things which
they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam
for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12These are spots in
your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried
about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness
of darkness for ever.
14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied
of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly
committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons
in admiration because of advantage.
17But, beloved, remember ye the words
which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
JFB Commentary on Jude:
NOTE: I LIKE THE JAMIESON, FAUSSET, & BROWN, (JFB), COMMENTARY BEST OF
--BUT -- I'M CONVINCED THE TEXTS UNDERLYING THE KING JAMES BIBLE
ARE THE BEST -- SO, THE READER SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT JFB'S TENDENCY TO FAVOR "OLDER" TEXTS.
Jude 1-25. Address: Greeting: His Object
in Writing: Warning against Seducers in Doctrine and Practice from God's Vengenance on Apostates,
Israel, the Fallen Angels, Sodom and Gomorrah. Description
of These Bad Men, in Contrast to Michael: Like Cain, Balaam, and Core:
Enoch's Prophecy as to Them: The Apostles' Forewarning: Concluding
Exhortation as to Preserving Their Own Faith, and Trying to Save Others: Doxology.
servant of Jesus Christ—as His minister and apostle.
brother of James—who
was more widely known as bishop of Jerusalem and "brother of the Lord" (that is, either cousin, or stepbrother,
being son of Joseph by a former marriage; for ancient traditions universally agree that Mary, Jesus' mother, continued perpetually
a virgin). Jude therefore calls himself modestly "brother of James." See my Introduction.
them … sanctified by God the Father—The oldest manuscripts and versions, Origen,
Lucifer, and others read, "beloved" for sanctified. If English Version
be read, compare Col 1:12; 1Pe 1:2. The Greek is not "by," but "in." God the Father's love
is the element IN which they are "beloved." Thus the conclusion, Jude 21, corresponds, "Keep
yourselves in the love of God." Compare "beloved of the Lord" 2Th 2:13.
in Jesus Christ—"kept." Translate not "in," but as Greek, "FOR
Jesus Christ." "Kept continually (so the Greek perfect participle means) by God the Father for
Jesus Christ," against the day of His coming. Jude, beforehand, mentions the source and guarantee for the final accomplishment
of believers' salvation; lest they should be disheartened by the dreadful evils which he proceeds to announce [Bengel].
and called—predicated of "them that are beloved in God the Father,
and preserved in Jesus Christ: who are called." God's effectual calling in the exercise of His divine prerogative,
guarantees their eternal safety.