Jude 1:21
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New International Version
keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

New Living Translation
and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love.

English Standard Version
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Berean Study Bible
keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.

Berean Literal Bible
keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

New American Standard Bible
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

King James Bible
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.

International Standard Version
Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, which brings eternal life.

NET Bible
maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life.

New Heart English Bible
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let us keep ourselves in the love of God as we look for the mercy of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah unto our eternal life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.

New American Standard 1977
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life,

King James 2000 Bible
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

American King James Version
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

American Standard Version
keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.

Darby Bible Translation
keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

English Revised Version
keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Weymouth New Testament
must keep yourselves safe in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which will result in the Life of the Ages.

World English Bible
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Young's Literal Translation
yourselves in the love of God keep ye, waiting for the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ -- to life age-during;
Study Bible
A Call to Persevere
20But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life. 22And indeed, have mercy on those who doubt;…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Titus 2:13
as we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 9:28
so also Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him.

2 Peter 3:12
as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be dissolved by fire and the elements will melt in the heat.

1 John 5:18
We know that anyone born of God does not keep on sinning; the One who was born of God protects him, and the evil one cannot touch him.

Jude 1:1
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who are called, loved by God the Father, and kept in Jesus Christ:

Jude 1:22
And indeed, have mercy on those who doubt;
Treasury of Scripture

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Keep.

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

John 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

John 15:9,10 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love…

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is …

1 John 5:18,21 We know that whoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

in.

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate …

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the …

1 John 3:16,17 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

looking.

Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time …

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

Matthew 24:42-51 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come…

Luke 12:36-40 And you yourselves like to men that wait for their lord, when he …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

Titus 2:13,14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein …

the mercy.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

2 Timothy 1:2,16,18 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

unto.

Romans 5:21 That as sin has reigned to death, even so might grace reign through …

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

1 John 5:10,11 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

Keep yourselves in the love of God,.... By which may be meant either the grace and favour of God, that love with which God loves his people; and then the exhortation to the saints to keep themselves in it is, to set it always before them, to keep it constantly in view, to exercise faith on it, firmly believing their interest in it; as also to meditate on it, give themselves up wholly to the contemplation of it, and employ their thoughts constantly about it, which is the foundation of all grace here, and glory hereafter; or to preserve themselves by it, for so the words may be rendered, "preserve yourselves by the love of God"; against Satan's temptations, the snares of the world, and the lusts of the flesh; whenever Satan solicits to sin, and any snare is laid to draw into it, and the flesh attempts to be predominant, saints should betake themselves to the love of God, as to a strong hold and preservative against sin, and reason as Joseph did, Genesis 39:9, for the love of God, and continuance in it, do not depend on anything that can be done by men; nor is there any danger of real believers falling from it, or losing it, since it is unchangeable, and is from everlasting to everlasting; or else by the love of God we are to understand that love with which his people love him and of which he is the object, Luke 11:42; and then the meaning of the exhortation is, that though this grace of love cannot be lost, yet, inasmuch as the fervour of it may be abated, and the people of God grow cold and indifferent in their expressions of it, it becomes them to make use of all proper means to maintain and increase it in themselves and others; such as are mentioned in the context, as conversing together in an edifying way about the doctrines of the Gospel, and praying either separately or together, under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and looking forward for the grace and mercy of Christ unto everlasting life; all which, with many other, things, by the blessing of God, may serve to maintain and revive the grace of love, and blow it up into a flame: though perhaps this phrase may chiefly design that love, peace, and concord, which ought to subsist among saints as brethren, and which they should be careful to preserve; and may be called the love of God, just as the same thing is styled the peace of God, Colossians 3:15, because it is what God requires, what he calls unto, which is of him, and is taught by him in regeneration, and what his, love engages to, and without which there is no true love to him; and he takes, love shown to his people as if shown to himself; and this sense is favoured by the context, both by the words in the preceding verse, and in the following ones:

looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. The mercy of Christ may be considered either as past, which was shown in eternity, in his covenant transactions with his Father, in engaging in the cause of his people, in espousing them to himself, and in the care of their persons, grace, and glory; and in time, in assuming their nature, in his tender concern for the bodies and souls of men, in bearing the sins and sorrows of his people, in the redemption of them, and in their regeneration and calling; and there is the present mercy of Christ, in interceding for his people, in sympathizing with them under all their afflictions, in succouring them under all their temptations, in suiting himself, as the great Shepherd, to all the circumstances of his flock; and there is the future mercy of Christ, which will be shown at death, in the grave, and at the resurrection, at the day of judgment, and in the merciful sentence he will pronounce on his people; and this seems to be designed here; the consequent of which, or what is annexed to it, and in which it issues, is eternal life; which is not owing to the works of men, but to the grace of God, and mercy of Christ; eternal life is in him, and is given through him, and to his mercy should men look for it. Christ himself is to be looked for, who will certainly come a second time; and eternal life is to be looked for by him; and this is only to be expected through his grace and mercy; and this is to be looked for by faith, in the love of it, with delight and pleasure, and cheerfulness, with eagerness, and yet with patience. 21. In Jude 20, 21, Jude combines the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: and faith, hope, and love.

Keep yourselves—not in your own strength, but "in the love of God," that is, God's love to you and all His believing children, the only guarantee for their being kept safe. Man's need of watching is implied; at the same time he cannot keep himself, unless God in His love keep him.

looking for—in hope.

the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ—to be fully manifested at His coming. Mercy is usually attributed to the Father: here to the Son; so entirely one are they.1:17-23 Sensual men separate from Christ, and his church, and join themselves to the devil, the world, and the flesh, by ungodly and sinful practices. That is infinitely worse than to separate from any branch of the visible church on account of opinions, or modes and circumstances of outward government or worship. Sensual men have not the spirit of holiness, which whoever has not, does not belong to Christ. The grace of faith is most holy, as it works by love, purifies the heart, and overcomes the world, by which it is distinguished from a false and dead faith. Our prayers are most likely to prevail, when we pray in the Holy Ghost, under his guidance and influence, according to the rule of his word, with faith, fervency, and earnestness; this is praying in the Holy Ghost. And a believing expectation of eternal life will arm us against the snares of sin: lively faith in this blessed hope will help us to mortify our lusts. We must watch over one another; faithfully, yet prudently reprove each other, and set a good example to all about us. This must be done with compassion, making a difference between the weak and the wilful. Some we must treat with tenderness. Others save with fear; urging the terrors of the Lord. All endeavours must be joined with decided abhorrence of crimes, and care be taken to avoid whatever led to, or was connected with fellowship with them, in works of darkness, keeping far from what is, or appears to be evil.
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