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                            S T. J U D E
St. Jude, who wrote this Epistle,               God into riotousness and denying
was one of the twelve Apostles and              the only sovereign Rule r and our
brother to St. James the Less. The              Lord Jesus Christ.
time it was written is uncertain: o n-
ly it may be inferred from verse 17             1:5. I will therefore admonish you,
that few or none of the Apostles                though ye once knew all things, that
were then living, except St. John.              Jesus, having saved the people out
He inveighs against the heresies and            of the land of Egypt, did afterwards
wicked practices of the Simonians,              destroy them that believed not.
Nicolaites, and Gnostics, etc., d e-
scribing them and their leaders by              1:6. And the angels who kept not
strong epithets and similes, He e x-            their principality but forsook their
horts the faithful to contend earnes t-         own habitation, he hath reserved
ly for the faith first delivered to             under    darkness   in   everlasting
them and to beware of heretics.                 chains, unto the judgment of the
                                                great day.
           Jude Chapter 1
                                                Principality... That is, the state in
He exhorts them to stand to the faith           which they were first created, their
first delivered to them and to b e-             original dignity.
ware of heretics.
1:1. Jude, the servant of Jesus Ch r-           1:7. As Sodom and Gomorrha and
ist and brother of James: to them               the neighbouring cities, in like
that are beloved in God the Fath er             manner, having given themselves to
and preserved in Jesus Christ and               fornication and going after other
called.                                         flesh, were made an example, su f-
                                                fering the punishment of eternal
1:2. Mercy unto you and peace: and              fire.
charity be fulfilled.
                                                1:8. In like manner, these men also
1:3. Dearly beloved, taking all care            defile the flesh and despise dom i-
to write unto you concerning your               nion and blaspheme majesty.
common salvation, I was under a
necessity to write unto you: to b e-            Blaspheme majesty... Speak evil of
seech you to contend earnestly for              them that are in dignity; and even
the faith once delivered to the                 utter blasphemies against the divine
saints.                                         majesty.

1:4. For certain men are secretly e n-          1:9. When Michael the archangel,
tered in (who were written of long              disputing with the devil, contended
ago unto this judgment), ungodly                about the body of Moses, he durst
men, turning the grace of our Lord              not bring against him the judgment


of railing speech, but said: The Lord        1:13. Raging waves of the sea,
command thee.                                foaming out their own confusion:
                                             wandering stars, to whom the storm
Contended about the body, etc...             of darkness is reserved for ever.
This contention, which is no where
else mentioned in holy writ, was             1:14. Now of these Enoch also, the
originally known by revelation, and          seventh from Adam, prophesied,
transmitted by tradition. It is              saying: Behold, the Lord cometh
thought the occasion of it was, that         with thousands of his saints:
the devil would have had the body
buried in such a place and manner,           Prophesied... This prophecy was e i-
as to be worshipped by the Jews              ther known by tradition, or from
with divine honours. Command                 some book that is since lost.
thee... or rebuke thee.
                                             1:15. To execute judgment upon all
1:10. But these men blaspheme                and to reprove all the ungodly for
whatever things they know not: and           all the works of their ungodliness,
what things soever they naturally            whereby they have done ungodly:
know, like dumb beasts, in these             and for all the hard things which
they are corrupted.                          ungodly sinners have spoken against
1:11. Woe unto them! For they have
gone in the way of Cain: and after           1:16. These are murmurers, full of
the error of Balaam they have for            complaints, walking according to
reward poured out themselves and             their own desires: and their mouth
have perished in the contradiction           speaketh proud things, admiring
of Core.                                     persons, for gain’s sake.

Gone in the way, etc... Heretics fo l-       1:17. But you, my dearly beloved,
low the way of Cain, by murdering            be mindful of the words which have
the souls of their brethren; the way         been spoken before by the apostles
of Balaam, by putting a scantal b e-         of our Lord Jesus Christ:
fore the people of God, for their
own private ends; and the way of             But you, my dearly beloved, be
Core or Korah, by their opposition           mindful, etc... He now exhorts the
to the church governors of divine            faithful to remain steadfast in the
appointment.                                 belief and practice of what they had
                                             heard from the apostles , who had
1:12. These are spots in their ba n-         also foretold that in aftertimes (lit.
quets, feasting together without             in the last time) there should be
fear, feeding themselves: clouds             false teachers, scoffing and ridicu l-
without water, which are carried             ing all revealed truths, abandoning
about by winds: trees of the autumn,         themselves to their passions and
unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up           lusts; who separate themselves from
by the roots:                                the Catholic communion by heresies
                                             and schisms. Sensual men... carried


away and enslaved by the pleasures           judged and condemned; th ey are to
of the senses.                               be sharply reprehended, reproved,
                                             and if possible convinced of their
1:18. Who told you that in the last          error. 2d, As to others you must en-
time there should come mockers,              deavour to save them, by pulling
walking according to their own d e-          them, as it were, out of the fire,
sires in ungodlinesses.                      from the ruin they stand in great
                                             danger of. 3d, You must have mercy
1:19. These are they who separate            on others in fear, when you see them
themselves, sensual men, having not          through ignorance of frailty, in da n-
the Spirit.                                  ger of being drawn into the snares
                                             of these heretics; with these you
1:20. But you, my beloved, building          must deal more gently and mildly,
yourselves upon your most holy               with a charitable compassion, hating
faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,            always, and teaching others to hate
                                             the carnal garment which is spotted,
1:21. Keep yourselves in the love of         their sensual and corrupt manners,
God, waiting for the mercy of our            that defile both the soul and body.
Lord Jesus Christ, unto life eve r-
lasting.                                     1:24. Now to him who is able to
                                             preserve you without sin and to
Building yourselves upon your most           present you spotless before the
holy faith... Raising by your a c-           presence of his glory with exceeding
tions, a spiritual building, founded,        joy, in the coming of our Lord Jesus
1st, upon faith; 2d, on the love of          Christ:
God; 3d, upon hope, whilst you are
waiting for the mercies of God, and          1:25. To the only God our Saviour
the reward of eternal life; 4th,             through Jesus Christ our Lord, be
joined with the great duty of prayer.        glory and magnificence, empire and
                                             power, before all ages, and now, and
1:22. And some indeed reprove, b e-          for all ages of ages. Amen.
ing judged:
                                             Now to him, etc... St. Jude co n-
1:23. But others save, pulling them          cludes his epistle with this doxolog y
out of the fire. And on others have          of praising God, and praying to the
mercy, in fear, hating also the spo t-       only God our Saviour, which may
ted garment which is carnal.                 either signify God the Father, or
                                             God as equally agreeing to all the
And some indeed repove being                 three persons, who are equally the
judged... He gives them another i n-         cause of Christ’s incarnation, and
struction to practice charity in e n-        man’s salvation, through Jesus Ch r-
deavouring to convert their neig h-          ist our Lord, who, being God from
bour, where they will meet with              eternity, took upon him our human
three sorts of persons: 1st, With            nature, that he might become our
persons obstinate in their errors and        Redeemer.
sins; these may be said to be already


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