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THE EPISTLE
OF
JUDE

Author: Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a flesh brother of James (the author of the Epistle of James) and of the Lord (v. 1 and note 1).

Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 69, before the destruction of Jerusalem and around the same time as the writing of 2 Peter, as indicated by allusions to the decline of the church similar to those found in 2 Pet. 2.

Place of Writing: Jerusalem or Judea, though this is difficult to establish with certainty.

Recipients: The Jewish believers, as indicated by the book's Jewish tone.


Subject:
Contending for the Faith

I. Introduction --
To Those Called, Beloved, and Kept
vv.1-2


1 1Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of 1James, to those who are acalled, bbeloved in God the Father, and ckept 2by Jesus Christ:

2 1aMercy to you and bpeace and clove be multiplied.


II. Contending for the Faith
v.3


3 Beloved, while using all diligence to write to you concerning our 1common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you and exhort you to earnestly 2acontend for the 3faith once for all delivered to the bsaints.


III. Heresies of the Apostates
v.4


4 1For certain men have 2acrept in unnoticed, who of old have been 3written of beforehand for 4this judgment, bungodly men, 5perverting the cgrace of our God into 6dlicentiousness and 5edenying 7our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.


IV. Historical Examples of
the Lord's Judgment upon Apostasy
vv.5-7


5 But I intend to aremind you, though you know all things once for all, that 1the Lord, having saved a people bout of the land of Egypt, 2afterward 3cdestroyed those who did not believe;

6 And aangels who did not keep their own 1principality but abandoned their 2own dwelling place, He has kept in eternal bbonds under 3gloom for the 4cjudgment of the great day;

7 How aSodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who 1in like manner with these gave themselves over to fornication and went after bdifferent flesh, are set forth as an cexample, undergoing the dpenalty of eternal fire.


V. The Evils of the Apostates and
Their Punishment under the Lord's Judgment
vv.8-19


8 Nevertheless in like manner 1these dreamers also adefile the flesh and despise 2lordship and revile 3dignities.

9 But 1aMichael the barchangel, when he contended with the cdevil and disputed concerning the 2body of Moses, 3did not dare to bring a dreviling judgment against him but said, The Lord erebuke you.

10 But 1these revile the things that they do not 2know; and the things that they 2understand 3naturally, like 4aanimals 5without reason, 6in these they are being 7corrupted.

11 aWoe to them! For they have gone in the 1way of bCain and have 2rushed out in the 3error of cBalaam for reward and have 4dperished in the 5rebellion of Korah.

12 These are the 1hidden reefs in your 2love feasts, afeasting together with you without fear, 3bshepherding themselves; 4cwaterless clouds being carried off by dwinds; 5autumn trees ewithout fruit, having died twice, frooted up;

13 1Wild awaves of the sea, foaming out their own bshames; 2wandering stars, for whom the cgloom of darkness is kept for eternity.

14 And aEnoch, the seventh from Adam, bprophesied also of these, saying, Behold, the Lord 1ccame 2with 3myriads of His saints

15 To execute 1judgment against all and to convict all the aungodly concerning all their ungodly works which they have done in ungodliness, and concerning all the hard things which ungodly sinners have bspoken against Him.

16 These are amurmurers, complainers, going on according to their own blusts; and their mouth speaks cgreat swelling things, dflattering 1persons for the sake of eadvantage.

17 But you, beloved, aremember the words spoken before by the bapostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,

18 That they said to you, In the 1alast time there will be bmockers, going on according to their own clusts for dungodliness.

19 These are those who make adivisions, 1bsoulish, having no 2spirit.


VI. Charges to the Believers
vv.20-23

A. To Build Up Themselves
upon the Most Holy Faith
and to Live in the Triune God
vv.20-21


20 But you, beloved, abuilding up yourselves 1upon your most holy 2faith, praying in the Holy bSpirit,

21 1Keep yourselves in the alove of God, bawaiting the 2mercy of our 3Lord Jesus Christ 4unto ceternal life.


B. To Care for Others with Mercy in Fear
vv.22-23


22 And 1on some have mercy, on those who are 2wavering;

23 aSave them by 1bsnatching them out of the 2fire. On others have mercy 3in cfear, hating even the inner garment dspotted from the eflesh.


VII. Conclusion -- Praise to Him
Who Is Able to Guard and Set
the Believers before His Glory
vv.24-25

24 1aBut to Him who is bable to cguard you from dstumbling and to set you before His 2glory ewithout blemish 3in 4fexultation,

25 To the aonly 1God our bSavior through 1Jesus Christ our Lord be 2cglory, majesty, might, and authority 3before all time and now and unto all eternity. Amen.