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Jude - The Epistle of Jude

By Vexen Crabtree 2012

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Chapters in Jude:
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Total verses: 25

Jude is a small book of just 25 verses, in one single chapter. The author, not content with merely teaching about what right belief is and what the evidence is for it, instead concentrates on attacking those who haven't come to the right conclusions in life. He says that "false" teachers are not merely misguided, but are also evil and will be punished by God. Those who are led astray need to be rescued. This line of thinking has frequently been found as justification for many of the horrible and oppressive things that have been done in the name of Christianity. Early Christians were dubious that the book of Jude was genuine, and the Church Father Jerome argued that it was a forgery. Part of the reason is that it quotes from the heretical and apocryphal book Enoch in the same way it quotes from scripture1. Although at the time of writing, Christians did not know which books were going to be later canonized, so this was hardly a fault on the part of the author of Jude.

The themes of Jude are not with parallel. Most of 2 Peter is concerned with attacking (over and over) those with wrong beliefs and is incredibly similar to the book of Jude. "The parallels are so numerous that scholars are virtually unified in thinking that the author has taken Jude's message and simply edited it a bit to incorporate it into his book"2

Jude 1:1-25

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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:Judas, of Jesus Christ a servant, and brother of James, to those sanctified in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ kept -- called,
2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.kindness to you, and peace, and love, be multiplied!
3Beloved, 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.Beloved, all diligence using to write to you concerning the common salvation, I had necessity to write to you, exhorting to agonize for the faith once delivered to the saints,
4For 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.for there did come in unobserved certain men, long ago having been written beforehand to this judgment, impious, the grace of our God perverting to lasciviousness, and our only Master, God, and Lord -- Jesus Christ -- denying,
5I 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.and to remind you I intend, you knowing once this, that the Lord, a people out of the land of Egypt having saved, again those who did not believe did destroy;
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.messengers also, those who did not keep their own principality, but did leave their proper dwelling, to a judgment of a great day, in bonds everlasting, under darkness He hath kept,
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.as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner to these, having given themselves to whoredom, and gone after other flesh, have been set before -- an example, of fire age-during, justice suffering.
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.In like manner, nevertheless, those dreaming also the flesh indeed do defile, and lordship they put away, and dignities they speak evil of,
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.yet Michael, the chief messenger, when, with the devil contending, he was disputing about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring up an evil-speaking judgment, 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.and these, as many things indeed as they have not known, they speak evil of; and as many things as naturally (as the irrational beasts) they understand, in these they are corrupted;
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.wo to them! because in the way of Cain they did go on, and to the deceit of Balaam for reward they did rush, and in the gainsaying of Korah they did perish.
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;These are in your love-feasts craggy rocks; feasting together with you, without fear shepherding themselves; clouds without water, by winds carried about; trees autumnal, without fruit, twice dead, rooted up;
13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.wild waves of a sea, foaming out their own shames; stars going astray, to whom the gloom of the darkness to the age hath been kept.
14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,And prophesy also to these did the seventh from Adam -- Enoch -- saying, `Lo, the Lord did come in His saintly myriads,
15To 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.to do judgment against all, and to convict all their impious ones, concerning all their works of impiety that they did impiously, and concerning all the stiff things that speak against Him did impious sinners.'
16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.These are murmurers, repiners; according to their desires walking, and their mouth doth speak great swellings, giving admiration to persons for the sake of profit;
17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;and ye, beloved, remember ye the sayings spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.that they said to you, that in the last time there shall be scoffers, after their own desires of impieties going on,
19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.these are those setting themselves apart, natural men, the Spirit not having.
20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,And ye, beloved, on your most holy faith building yourselves up, in the Holy Spirit praying,
21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.yourselves in the love of God keep ye, waiting for the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ -- to life age-during;
22And of some have compassion, making a difference:and to some be kind, judging thoroughly,
23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.and some in fear save ye, out of the fire snatching, hating even the coat from the flesh spotted.
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,And to Him who is able to guard you not stumbling, and to set `you' in the presence of His glory unblemished, in gladness,
25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.to the only wise God our Saviour, `is' glory and greatness, power and authority, both now and to all the ages! Amen.

Current edition: 2012 Jul 14
Last Modified: 2015 May 01
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The Bible (NIV). The NIV is the best translation for accuracy whilst maintaining readability. Multiple authors, a compendium of multiple previously published books. I prefer to take quotes from the NIV but where I quote the Bible en masse I must quote from the KJV because it is not copyrighted, whilst the NIV is. Book Review.

Ehrman, Bart
(2011) Forged. Hardback book. Subtitled: "Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are". Published by HarperCollins, New York, USA.

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  1. Ehrman (2011) p21, citing Jerome The Lives of Famous Men 4. Added to this page on 2015 May 01.^
  2. Ehrman (2011) p68-69.^

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