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Jude Chapter 1

Jude 1:1
1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and {a} brother of James,
    to them that are sanctified {b} by God the Father, and
    preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called:

    (a) This is to distinguish between him and Judas Iscariot.
    (b) By God the Father.

Jude 1:3
1:3 {1} Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of
    the {d} common salvation, it was needful for me to write
    unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should {e} earnestly
    contend for the faith which was {f} once delivered unto the

 (1) The goal of this epistle, is to affirm the godly as opposed
     to certain wicked men both in true doctrine and good
    (d) Of those things that pertain to the salvation of all of us.
    (e) That you should defend the faith with all the strength
        you can muster, both by true doctrine and good example
        of life.
    (f) Which was once given, that it may never be changed.

Jude 1:4
1:4 {2} For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were
    before of old ordained to this condemnation, {3} ungodly
    men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and
    denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 (2) It is by God's providence and not by chance, that many
     wicked men creep into the Church.
 (3) He condemns this first in them, that they take opportunity
     or occasion to wax wanton, by the grace of God: which
     cannot be, but the chief empire of Christ must be
     cancelled, in that such men give themselves up to Satan,
     whom they call Libertines.

Jude 1:5
1:5 {4} I 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

 (4) He presents the horrible punishment of those who have abused
     the grace of God to follow their own lusts.

Jude 1:6
1:6 {5} And 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.

 (5) The fall of the angels was most severely punished, how much
     more then will the Lord punish wicked and faithless men?

Jude 1:7
1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in
    like manner, {g} giving themselves over to fornication, and
    going after {h} strange flesh, are set forth for an example,
    suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

    (g) Following the steps of Sodom and Gomorrah.
    (h) Thus he sets forth their horrible and wicked perversions.

Jude 1:8
1:8 Likewise also these {i} [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh,
    {6} despise {k} dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

    {i} Who are so stupid and void of reason as if all their
        fears and wits were asleep.
 (6) Another most destructive doctrine of theirs, in that they
     take away the authority of the government and slander them.
    (k) It is a greater matter to despise government than the
        governors, that is to say, the matter itself than the

Jude 1:9
1:9 {7} Yet 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

 (7) An argument of comparison: Michael one of the chiefest
     angels, was content to deliver Satan, although a most
     accursed enemy, to the judgment of God to be punished: and
     these perverse men are not ashamed to speak evil of the
     powers who are ordained of God.

Jude 1:10
1:10 {8} But these speak evil of those things which they know
     not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in
     those things they corrupt themselves.

 (8) The conclusion: These men are doubly at fault, that is,
     both for their rash folly in condemning some, and for their
     impudent and shameless contempt of that knowledge, which
     when they had gotten, yet nonetheless they lived as brute
     beasts, serving their bellies.

Jude 1:11
1:11 {9} Woe 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.

 (9) He foretells their destruction, because they resemble or
     proclaim Cain's shameless malice, Balaam's filthy
     covetousness, and to be short, Core's seditious and
     ambitious head.

Jude 1:12
1:12 {10} These are spots in your {l} feasts of charity, when
     they feast with you, feeding themselves without {m} fear:
     clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds;
     trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead,
     plucked up by the roots;

 (10) He rebukes most sharply with many other notes and marks,
      both their dishonesty or filthiness, and their sauciness,
      but especially, their vain bravery of words and vain
      pride, joining with it a grave and heavy threatening from
      an ancient prophecy of Enoch concerning the judgment to
     (l) The feasts of charity were certain banquets, which the
         brethren who were members of the Church kept
         altogether, as Tertullian sets them forth in his
         apology, chap. 39.
     (m) Impudently, without all reverence either to God or man.

Jude 1:13
1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
     wandering stars, to whom is reserved the {n} blackness of
     darkness for ever.

     (n) Most gross darkness.

Jude 1:14
1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
     saying, Behold, the Lord {o} cometh with ten thousands of
     his saints,

     (o) The present time, for the time to come.

Jude 1:17
1:17 {11} But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken
     before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 (11) The rising up of such monsters was spoken of before, that
      we should not be troubled at the newness of the matter.

Jude 1:19
1:19 {12} These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having
     not the Spirit.

 (12) It is the habit of antichrists to separate themselves from
      the godly, because they are not governed by the Spirit of
      God: and contrariwise it is the habit of Christians to
      edify one another through godly prayers, both in faith and
      also in love, until the mercy of Christ appears to their
      full salvation.

Jude 1:22
1:22 {13} And of some have compassion, making a difference:

 (13) Among those who wander and go astray, the godly have to
      use this choice, that they handle some of them gently, and
      that others being even in the very flame, they endeavour
      to save with severe and sharp instruction of the present
      danger: yet so, that they do in such sort abhor the wicked
      and dishonest, that they avoid even the least thought of

Jude 1:23
1:23 And others save with {p} fear, pulling [them] out of the
     fire; hating even the {q} garment spotted by the flesh.

     (p) By fearing them and holding them back with godly
     (q) An amplification, taken from the forbidden things of
         the law which did defile.

Jude 1:24
1:24 {14} Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,
     and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his
     glory with exceeding joy,

 (14) He commends them to the grace of God, declaring
      sufficiently that it is God only that can give us that
      constancy which he requires of us.

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