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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE CATHOLIC EPISTLE OF ST. JUDE
St. Jude, who wrote this Epistle, was one of the twelve Apostles and
brother to St. James the Less. The time it was written is uncertain:
only it may be inferred from verse 17 that few or none of the Apostles
were then living, except St. John. He inveighs against the heresies and
wicked practices of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics, etc.,
describing them and their leaders by strong epithets and similes, He
exhorts the faithful to contend earnestly for the faith first delivered
to them and to beware of heretics.
Jude Chapter 1
He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them and to
beware of heretics.
1:1. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James: to them
that are beloved in God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ and
1:2. Mercy unto you and peace: and charity be fulfilled.
1:3. Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your
common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech
you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.
1:4. For certain men are secretly entered in (who were written of long
ago unto this judgment), ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God
into riotousness and denying the only sovereign Ruler and our Lord Jesus
1:5. I will therefore admonish you, though ye once knew all things, that
Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, did afterwards
destroy them that believed not.
1:6. And the angels who kept not their principality but forsook their
own habitation, he hath reserved under darkness in everlasting chains,
unto the judgment of the great day.
Principality... That is, the state in which they were first created,
their original dignity.
1:7. As Sodom and Gomorrha and the neighbouring cities, in like manner,
having given themselves to fornication and going after other flesh, were
made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
1:8. In like manner, these men also defile the flesh and despise
dominion and blaspheme majesty.
Blaspheme majesty... Speak evil of them that are in dignity; and even
utter blasphemies against the divine majesty.
1:9. When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended
about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of
railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee.
Contended about the body, etc... This contention, which is no where else
mentioned in holy writ, was originally known by revelation, and
transmitted by tradition. It is thought the occasion of it was, that the
devil would have had the body buried in such a place and manner, as to
be worshipped by the Jews with divine honours. Command thee... or rebuke
1:10. But these men blaspheme whatever things they know not: and what
things soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are
1:11. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain: and after
the error of Balaam they have for reward poured out themselves and have
perished in the contradiction of Core.
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