Jude 1:17

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.

Jude 1:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
ESV
17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
NLT
17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted.
MSG
17 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen:
CSB
17 But you, dear friends, remember the words foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Jude 1:17 Meaning and Commentary

Jude 1:17

But, beloved
Or "my beloved", as the Syriac and Arabic versions read; or "our brethren", as the Ethiopic version; the apostle addresses the saints in this manner, to distinguish them from the false teachers, and to show that he had a different opinion of them from them; and that be would have them beware of them, and not be surprised at them, since it was no other than what was foretold; and also to engage their attention and regard to the following exhortation:

remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of
our Lord Jesus Christ;
these words mean not the doctrines of the apostles in general, but particularly the prophecies delivered out by them, as by the Apostles Paul and Peter, concerning the false teachers that should arise; and these being spoken of before, and by apostles, even by the apostles, of our Lord Jesus Christ, were worthy of regard, and deserved to be remembered; a remembrance of which is a preservative from error, and a relief in the worst of times, whether of persecution, or heresy. This does not suppose that Jude was not an apostle, only that there were other apostles besides him; and that these, some of them at least, had prophesied of these men, and that he had lived to see their predictions verified; nor does he exclude himself from being one of them; yea, the Ethiopic version reads, "which we the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ have formerly declared unto you"; see ( 2 Peter 3:2 ) .

Jude 1:17 In-Context

15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
18 They said to you, β€œIn the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Ephesians 4:11
  • 2. Hebrews 2:3; 2 Peter 3:2