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THE

GENERAL EPISTLE

OF

JU-DE*.

JUDE, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the called brethren, who have been sanctified by God

the Fathert, and preserved in the faith of Jesus Christ : 2 mercy, and peace, and love, be multiplied unto you. 3 Beloved, while I gave all diligence to write unto you

of the common salvation, it became necessary for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly

contend for the faith which was once delivered to the 4 saints. For some men have crept in privily, who were

before, of old, set forth for this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the favour of our God into lasciviousness,

and denying the only Sovereign ll, and our Lord Jesus 5 Christ. Now I desire to remind you, who once knew this, that the Lord, having saved his people out of the

This epistle is one of those books the genuineness of which was disputed in the primitive ages, and which therefore, as Dr. Lardner well observes, " ought not to be alleged as affording alone sufficient proof of any doctrine.” Grotius aseribes it to a bishop of Jerusalem in the reign of Adrian: but it is commonly believed to have been written by Judas, otherwise called Lebbeus and Thaddeus, the son of Alpheus, the brother of James the less, and first cousin to our Lord. The design of the epistle is to guard its readers against the errors and the crimes of the Gnostics. He is thought to have made quotations from the same apocryphal work which is referred to in the second epistle of Peter; which epistle Dr. Benson conjectures to have been consulted by him while he was writing his own. The epistle of Jude has as little evidence, either external or internal, in its favour, as any book of the New Testament.

+ sanctified, i. e. separated or set apart to God. Brethren that are sanctified in the knowledge of God the Father, N.

Or, by, or, to Jesus Christ, i. e. who adhere to his doctrine notwithstanding the many corrupters of it. See Newcome's note, | the only Sovereign God, R, T,

land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who believed 6 not. And the angels who kept not their first state *, but

left their own habitation, he hath reserved in eternal

chains, under darkness, to the judgement of the great 7 day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about

them which in like manner with them gave themselves over to uncleanness, and went after abominable desires t,

are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of 8 everlasting fire 1. In like manner also these dreamers

defile the flesh, set at nought dominion, and blaspheme 9 dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when, contend

ing with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses,

durst not bring|| against him a blaspheming accusations, 10 but said, " The Lord rebuke thee." But these blas

pheme what they understand not : but what they know

naturally, as brute creatures, in these things they cor11 rupt themselves. Alas for them ! because they have gone

in the way of Cain, and rushed after the error of Balaam

for reward, and destroyed themselves by gainsaying like 12 Korah. These are blemishes in your love-feasts, when

they banquet with you, feeding themselves without restraint ft: clouds it without water, carried aside by winds; trees whose fruit withereth, barren, twice dead, plucked 13 up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out

* Or, " the messengers who watched not duly over their own principality, but deserted their proper habitation, he kept with perpetual chains under darkness (punished them with judicial blindness of mind) unto the judgement of a great day, i. e. when they were destroyed by a plague.” Alluding to the falsehood and punishment of the spies. Numbers xiv. See Simpson's Essays, p. 210. Perhaps, however, the writer may refer to some fancıful account of a fall of angels contained in the apocryphal book which lay before him, without meaning to vouch for that fact any more than for the incident mentioned ver. 9. He might introduce it merely to illustrate his argument. At any rate, a fact so important is not to be admitted upon such precarious evidence. + Or, followed unnatural passions, Gr, other flesh, N. m.

" Everlasting in its effects; the cities having been finally destroyed." Newcome.

Or, suffered not himself to bring. Did not presume to bring. Wakefield. { " This was probably taken from the apocryphal book before mentioned. We may be instructed by the moral, without admitting the fact. Some suppose a reference to Zech. iii. 1-3." Newcome.

+ N. m. fcar: N. # they are as clouds-mas trees--as waves--es stars. N.

their own shame ; wandering stars, to whom the black14 ness of darkness is reserved for ever. Now Enoch, the

seventh from Adam, prophesied to these also, saying*,

“ Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his 15 saintst, to execute judgement upon all, and to convict

all the ungodly [among them] of all their ungodly deeds

which they have committed, and of all the hard speeches 16 which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These

are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own evil desires : and their mouth speaketh very swelling words,

and they respect the persons of men for the sake of gain, 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which have been

spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 how they told you that there should be scoffers in the 19 last time, walking after their own ungodly desires. These

are they who separate, [themselves,] animal, not having

the spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves in your most 21 holy faith, praying through the holy spirit, keep your

selves in the love of God, looking for the mercy 22 Lord Jesus Christ to everlasting life. And on some 23 have pity, making || a difference : and save others (with

fear,] snatching them out of the fire; hating even the

vest defiled by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling**,

and to present you spotless before his glory with exceed25 ing joy ; to the only God, our Saviourtt, through Jesus

of our

* This is another quotation from some ancient apocryphal book; for the authenticia ty of which, however, the writer is not to be supposed to vouch. See Dr. Benson in loc. + Gr. with his holy myriads, N. m.

Or, But as for you, beloved, remember the words. See S. 31. N. m. | Or, And some rebuke, making etc. MSS. N. m. I Or, garment. ** free from falling, N. H Or, to God alone, our Saviour. To the only wise God, R.T.

Christ our Lord", be glory and majesty, dominion and power, as before all timet, so now, and throughout all

ages. Amen.

The words "through Jesus Christ our Lord" are omitted in the received text and by Newcome. They are introduced in Griesbach, 2d edit., upon the authority of the Alexandrian, Vatican, and Ephrem MSS, and many ancient versions.

+ The words "before all time” are wanting in R.T. and N., but introduced by Griesbach, 2d edit., upon the same authorities as in the preceding note. 7.d. "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be."

THE

REVELATION

OF

ST. JOHN*.

CHAP. I.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him, that he might shew to his servants things which must

shortly come to pass ; and he sent and signified it by his 2 angel to his servant John : who hath thus testified of the

word of God, and of the testimony given to Jesus Christ, 3 even whatever things he saw. Happy is he that readeth,

and those that hear, the words of this prophecy, and keep

the things written in it: for the time is near. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia : favour

be to you, and peace, from him that is, and that was, and that is to come; and from the seven spirits which

The Apocalypse or Revelation of St. John, is one of those books, the genuineness and authority of which, as Eusebius informs us, was, by some, called in question. It has, however, been almost universally received in modern times. As a book of prophecy, the evidence of its divine authority must chiefly rest upon the perceived accomplishment of the predictions which it contains : so that it may be regarded as in a considerable degree independent of external evidence. In this, however, in the estima. tion of many learned men, it is far from being deficient. Sir Isaac Newton says, (Observ. on Apoc. p. 249,) " I do not find any other book of the New Testament so strongly attested, or commented upon so early as this.” Dr. Priestley (Notes, vol. iv. p. 573,) says, he thinks it impossible for any intelligent and candid person to peruse it without being convinced that, “ considering the age in which it appeared, none but a person divinely inspired could have written it.” See also Mr. 'Towers's observations and extracts respecting the authenticity of the Apocalypse, in his learned Illustrations of Prophecy, vol. i. ch. ii. Mr. Evanson has even endeavoured to prove that the apostle Paul alludes and thus hears testimony to the authenticity of this book in some of his epistles. See Evanson's Reflections upon the State of Religion, p. 39-42. Some learned men, however, who have even admitted the divine authority of the Apocalypse, have expressed a doubt whether this book was written by John the apostle and evangelist. The arguments of Dionysius, a disciple of Origen, and an eminently learned and pious bishop of Alexandria, in the third century, are contained in a large extract from a

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