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to perseverance.

An exhortation

Chap. i. THE elder a unto the elect

Tedy band her children

, entered into he world, whe

whom I love in the truth; and confess not that Jesus Christ not I only, but also all they is come in the flesh. This is that have known the truth; a deceiver and an antichrist.

2 For the truth's sake 8 Look to yourselves, that which dwelleth in us, and we lose not those things which shall be with us for ever : we have wrought, but that we

3 Grace be with you, mer receive a full reward. ey, and peace,

from God the 9 Whosoever transgresseth, Father, and from the Lord Je- and abideth not in the docsus Christ, the Son of the Fa- trine of Christ, hath not God; ther, in truth and love.

he that abideth in the doctrine 4 1 rejoiced greatly that I of Christ, he hath both the fonnd of thy children walking Father and the Son. in truth, as we have received 10 If there come any unto a commandment from the Fa- you, and bring not this docther.

trine receive him not into your 5 And now I beseech thee, house, neither bid him God lady, not as though I wrote a speed :c new commandment unto thee, 11 For lie that biddeth him but that which we had from God speed is partaker of his the beginning that we love evil deeds. one another.

12 Having many things to 6 And this is love, that we write unto you, I would not walk after his commandments. write with paper and ink; but This is the commandment, I trust to come unto you, and That, as ye have heard from speak face to face, that our the beginning, ye should walk joy may be full. in it.

13 The children of thy

elect sister greet thee. Amen. a The elder, I the aged apostle.

6 Elect lady; it is not known, who 6 Neither' bid bim God speed; that this woman was, but probably a per- is, wish him neither health nor prosa son of note and distinction.

perity.

PREFATORY REMARKS

TO THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN.

This short Epistle is inscribed to a person named Gaius or Caius, a common name among the Romans. The name of Gaius

which is evil, but that which 5 Beloved, thou doest faithe is good. He that doeth good" fully whatsoever thou doest to is of God; but he that doeth

Gaius commended III. John. for his piety, fc. frequently occurs in the history of the Aets, but who this Gaius was, is not known.

In this Epistle John commends Gaius for his kindness and hospitality to some brethren and strangers, who, in journeying among the Gentiles, had come to the place where he lived, and encourages him to shew them the like kindness in future: he reproves Diotrephes for his arrogance in assuming undue authority in the church, of which Gaius was a member, and cen. sures him for refusing to assist the brethren, and for hindering those, who were desirous of doing it, and he informed Gaius that he expected soon to see him. This Epistle and the preceding were probably written about the year 91 or 92.

THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN. 1 He commendeth Gaius for ness of thy charity before the

his piety, 5 and hospitality church ; whom if thou bring to true preachers; 9 com forward on their journey after plaining of the unkind deal. a godly sort, thou shalt do well

: ing of ambitious Diotrephes

✓ Because that for his name's on the contrary side ; 11 sake they went forth, taking whose evil example is not to nothing of the Gentiles. be follorced : 12 giveth spe

8 We, therefore, ought to cial testimony of the good re- receive such, that we might be port of Demetrius.

fellow-helpers to the truth. THE elder unto the well

9 I wrote unto the church; beloved Gaius, whom I but Diotrephes, who loveth to love in the truth.

have the pre-eminence among 2 Beloved, I wish above all them, receiveth us not. things, that thou mayest pros

10 Wherefore, if I come, I per and be in health, even as will remember his deeds which thy soul prospereth.

he doeth, prating against us 3 For I rejoiced greatly, with malicious words; and when the brethren came and not content therewith, neither

estified of the truth that is doth he himself receive the in thee even as thou walkest brethren, and forbiddeth them in the truth.

that would, and casteth them 4 I have no greaterjoy than out of the church. to hear that my children walk

11 Beloved, follow not that in truth. the brethren, and to strangers ; evil hath not seen God. 6 Which have borne wit

12 Demetrius hath good re

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Prefatory

Jude.

remarks. port of all men, and of the 14 But I trust I shal truth itself, yea, and we aiso shortly see thee, and bear record; and ye know shall speak face to face. that our record is true.

Peace be to thee. Our friends 13 I had many things to salute thee. Greet the friends write, but I will not with ink by name. and pen

write unto thee :

PREFATORY REMARKS

TO THE CATHOLIC OR GENERAL EPISTLE OF JUDE,

ren.

JUDE or Judas, the author of this Epistle, was the son of Alpheus, and the brother of James. He was one of those, who, on account of their relation to Jesus, were called his breth.

Matt. xiii. 55. Jude is thought to have written this Epistle at an advanced age, and but a short time before his death; probably as late as the year 70, or 75. Little is known with certainty concerning the life of this apostle.

In the latter part of the apostolical age, many false teachers had arisen and were going about speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them, as St. Paul had predicted, Acts xx. 30. These were the same persons, or were similar to those, against whom Peter, James, and John wrote. They perverted Paul's doctrine concerning justification, and resolved the whole of Christianity into the speculative belief, and outward profession of the Gospel. They also taught their followers to live in all manner of licentionsness, and still flattered them with the hope of the favour of God and of eternal life. Wherefore to shew the falsehood and impiety of these doctrines, and to seeure the disciples from being seduced by them, Jude wrote this Epistle in which, by facts recorded in the Jewish scriptures, he proves that as God had already punished the angels who sinned, notwithstanding their dignity, and the antideluvians, notwithstanding their numbers, so he will most assuredly punish all obstinate sinners in the severest manner.

1 THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JUDE.

1 He exhorteth them to be con

stant in the profession of

the faith. 4 False teachers are crept in to seduce thein,

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Exhortation to

Jude. constancy in faith. for whose damnable doctrine

5 I will therefore put you and manners horrible pun- in remembrance, though ye ishment is prepared : 20 once knew this, how that the whereas the godly, by the as- Lord, having saved the peosistance of the holy Spirit, ple out of the land of Egypt, and prayers to God, may afterward destroyed them that persevere and grow in grace, believed not. and keep themselves, and re 6 And the angels which cover others out of the snares kept not their first estate, but of those deceivers.

left their own habitation, he UDE, the servant of Jesus hath reserved in everlasting

Christ, & brother of James, chains, under darkness, unto to them that are sanctified by the judgment of the great day. God the Father, and preserved ✓ Even as Sodom and Goin Jesus Christ, and called : morrha, and the cities about

2 Merey unto you, and peace, them, in like manner giving and love, be multiplied. themselves over to fornication,

3 Beloved, when I gave all and going after strange flesh, diligence to write unto you of are set forth for an example, the common salvation, it was suffering the vengeance of eneedful for me to write unto ternal fire. you, and exhort you, that ye 8 Likewise also these filthy should earnestly contend for dreamers defile the flesh, dethe faith which was once de- spise dominion, & speak evil livered unto the saints. of dignities.

4 For there are certain men 9 Yet Michael the areharcrept in unawares, who were gel, when contending with the before of old ordained to this devil, (he disputed about the condemnation ;a ungodly men, body of Moses)c durst not turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,band deny

The body of Moses. It is supposed ing the only Lord God, and that Jude in this verse alludes to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Zech. jii. I, and that the body of

Moses signifies the body of the laws a Who were before of old ordained to of Moses, as the body of Christ sigthis condemnation; of whom it was nifies the church of Christ. What long ago foretold, that from their the apostle says, seems to be this: sins, they should suffer this very But how much more gentle than punishment; that is, the punishment these men, was Michael the archaninentioned in verses 6 and 7. gel, who although opposed by the

6 Turning the grace, &c. Perverting devil in his benevolent design of rethe grace of God in justifying men storing to the Israelites the Jewish by faith without the deeds of the church and state by Joshua the high law, into the liberty of committing priest, did not revile that apostate all manner of sin without incurring spirit, but only said to him mildly, the displeasure of God.

the Lord rebuke thee, Satan.

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Of false leachers Jude.

and doctrines. bring against him a railing ac 15 To execute judgment cusation, but said, The Lord upon all, and to convince all rebuke thee.

that are ungodly among them 10 But these speak evil of of all their ungodly deeds, those things which they know which they have ungodly comnot; but what they know na- mitted : and of all their hard turally, as brute beasts, in speeches which ungodly sinthose things they corrupt them- ners have spoken against him. selves.

16 These are murmurers, 11 Wo unto them! for they complainers, walking, after have gone in the

way of Cain, their own lusts; and their and ran greedily after the er- mouth speaketh great swelling ror of Balaam for reward, and words, having men's persons perished in the gainsaying of in admiration because of adCore.d

vantage. 12 These are spots in 17 But, beloved, remember your feasts of charity, when ye the words, which were they feast with you, feeding spoken before of the apostles themselves without fear; clouds of our Lord Jesus Christ; they are without water, carri 18 How that they told you, ed about of winds; trees whose there should be mockers in the fruit withereth, without fruit, last time, who should walk twice dead, plucked up by the after their own ungodly luşts. roots :

19 These be they who sep13 Raging waves of the sea, arate themselves, sensual, hayfoaming out their own shame; ing not the Spirit. wandering stars, to whom 20 But ye, beloved, buildis reserved the blackness of ing up yourselves on your most darkness forever.

holy faith, praying in the Ho14 And Enoch also,e the ly Ghost, seventh from Adam, prophesi 21 Keep yourselves in the ed of those, saying, Behold, love of God, looking for the the Lord cometh with ten thou- mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ sands of his saints,

unto eternal life.

22 And of some have comd Gainsaying of Core, the rebellion of Korah. See Numb. xvi.

passion, making a differe And Enoch also. Although Moses hath said nothing concerning Enoch’s 23 And others save with prophesying, yet by telling us, that fear, pulling them out of the he was so pious as to be translated

fire; hating even the garment into heaven in the body without dying, he hath warranted us to believe

spotted by the flesh. Jude's account of him here, as pre

24 Now, unto him that is dicting the punishment, which a

able to keep you from

falling, waited these ungodly men.

and to present you faultless

ence:

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