Jude 1:8
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New International Version
In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.

New Living Translation
In the same way, these people--who claim authority from their dreams--live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.

English Standard Version
Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.

New American Standard Bible
Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.

King James Bible
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nevertheless, these dreamers likewise defile their flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme glorious ones.

International Standard Version
In a similar way, these dreamers also defile their flesh, reject the Lord's authority, and slander his glorious beings.

NET Bible
Yet these men, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and insult the glorious ones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this likeness, these also lust in their dreams, who defile the flesh, reject Lordship and slander The Glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, in a similar way, the people who slipped in among you are dreamers. They contaminate their bodies with sin, reject the Lord's authority, and insult his glory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the same manner these deceived dreamers, defile their flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of higher powers.

King James 2000 Bible
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise authority, and speak evil of the glorious ones.

American King James Version
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

American Standard Version
Yet in like manner these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at nought dominion, and rail at dignities.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet in like manner these dreamers also defile [the] flesh, and despise lordship, and speak railingly against dignities.

English Revised Version
Yet in like manner these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at nought dominion, and rail at dignities.

Webster's Bible Translation
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Weymouth New Testament
Yet in just the same way these dreamers also pollute the body, while they set authority at naught and speak evil of dignities.

World English Bible
Yet in the same way, these also in their dreaming defile the flesh, despise authority, and slander celestial beings.

Young's Literal Translation
In like manner, nevertheless, those dreaming also the flesh indeed do defile, and lordship they put away, and dignities they speak evil of,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:8-16 False teachers are dreamers; they greatly defile and grievously wound the soul. These teachers are of a disturbed mind and a seditious spirit; forgetting that the powers that be, are ordained of God, Ro 13:1. As to the contest about the body of Moses, it appears that Satan wished to make the place of his burial known to the Israelites, in order to tempt them to worship him, but he was prevented, and vented his rage in desperate blasphemy. This should remind all who dispute never to bring railing charges. Also learn hence, that we ought to defend those whom God owns. It is hard, if not impossible, to find any enemies to the Christian religion, who did not, and do not, live in open or secret contradiction to the principles of natural religion. Such are here compared to brute beasts, though they often boast of themselves as the wisest of mankind. They corrupt themselves in the things most open and plain. The fault lies, not in their understandings, but in their depraved wills, and their disordered appetites and affections. It is a great reproach, though unjust to religion, when those who profess it are opposed to it in heart and life. The Lord will remedy this in his time and way; not in men's blind way of plucking up the wheat with the tares. It is sad when men begin in the Spirit, and end in the flesh. Twice dead; they had been once dead in their natural, fallen state; but now they are dead again by the evident proofs of their hypocrisy. Dead trees, why cumber they the ground! Away with them to the fire. Raging waves are a terror to sailing passengers; but when they get into port, the noise and terror are ended. False teachers are to expect the worst punishments in this world and in that to come. They glare like meteors, or falling stars, and then sink into the blackness of darkness for ever. We have no mention of the prophecy of Enoch in any other part or place of Scripture; yet one plain text of Scripture, proves any point we are to believe. We find from this, that Christ's coming to judge was prophesied of, as early as the times before the flood. The Lord cometh: what a glorious time will that be! Notice how often the word ungodly is repeated. Many now do not at all refer to the terms godly, or ungodly, unless it be to mock at even the words; but it is not so in the language taught us by the Holy Ghost. Hard speeches of one another, especially if ill-grounded, will certainly come into account at the day of judgment. These evil men and seducers are angry at every thing that happens, and never pleased with their own state and condition. Their will and their fancy, are their only rule and law. Those who please their sinful appetites, are most prone to yield to ungovernable passions. The men of God, from the beginning of the world, have declared the doom denounced on them. Such let us avoid. We are to follow men only as they follow Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Having set in the forefront of his warnings these terrible instances of gross sin and overwhelming penalty, the writer proceeds to deal with the real character of the insidious troublers and corrupters of the Churches of his time. He describes them as filthy dreamers; or better, as the Revised Version puts it, men in their dreamings - an expression pointing to the foul and perverted fancies in the service of which they lived. He charges them with the particular sins of defiling the flesh, despising dominion, and railing at dignities. He further declares of them that, in practicing such sins, they run a course like that of the cities of the plain, and run it in defiance, too, of the warning held forth to them by the case of Sodom and Gomorrah. For such seems the point of the terms connecting this paragraph with the preceding, which are best rendered "nevertheless in like manner," or "yet in like manner" (Revised Version). The difficulty lies, however, in the description of their offences. What is intended by the charge that they defile the flesh is obvious. But what is referred to in the other clauses, and set at naught dominion (or, lordship), and rail at dignities (or, glories), is far from clear. It has been supposed that a lawlessness is meant which expressed itself in contempt for all earthly authority, whether political or ecclesiastical. The whole scope of the passage, however, and the analogy of 2 Peter 2:10, etc., seem to point so decidedly to higher dignities than the earthly institutions of Church and State, that most interpreters now think that celestial lordship of some kind is in view. But of what kind? That of God and that of good angels, say some. That of Christ and that of angels, say others. Both clauses, say a third class of interpreters, refer to angels, both to good angels and to evil, or to good angels alone, or to evil angels alone, as the allusions are variously understood. Pointing to the particular word which is used here for "dominion" or "lordship," some contend that there is a definite reference to the dominion of Christ, the Lord distinctively so called. But the same word is used elsewhere (cf. Ephesians 1:21; Colossians 1:16) of angels, while the term translated "dignities," or "glories," occurs again only in 2 Peter 2:10. If, therefore, any single kind of lordship is in view, we should conclude in favour of angelic dignities, and the authority of good angels in particular. But it may be that Jude uses the terms here in a general sense to cover all kinds of authority, especially celestial authority. This is favoured by the undefined expressions which meet us in the Petrine parallel (2 Peter 2:10, etc.). It is supported, too, by the consideration that in leveling three separate charges against the men, Jude has probably in view the three separate cases which he has just cited in verses 5-7. In which case the parallel between these latter and the men now described can naturally be only of a general kind. It is remarked by Professor Plumptre that the passage in 2 Peter 2:10, etc. (see his Commentary), taken in connection with this one in Jude, suggests that "the undue worshipping of angels in the Judaizing Gnosticism which had developed out of the teaching of the Essenes (Colossians 2:18), had been met by its most extreme opponents with coarse and railing mockery as to all angels, whether good or evil, and that the apostle felt it necessary to rebuke this license of speech as well as that which paid no respect to human authority."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh,.... Which may be literally understood, either of the Jewish doctors, who pretended to be interpreters of dreams, as R. Akiba, R. Lazar, and others (n); or of the false teachers in the apostle's time, and of their filthy dreams, and nocturnal pollutions in them; which sense the Arabic and Ethiopic versions confirm; the former rendering the words thus, "so these retiring in the time of sleep, defile their own flesh"; and the latter thus, "and likewise these, who in their own sleep, pollute their own flesh"; as also of their pretensions to divine assistance and intelligence by dreams; and likewise may be figuratively understood of them; for false doctrines are dreams, and the teachers of them dreamers, Jeremiah 23:25, as are all those doctrines of men that oppose the trinity of persons in the Godhead; that contradict the deity and sonship of Christ; that depreciate any of his offices; that lessen the glory of the person and grace of the Spirit; that cry up the purity, power, and righteousness of human nature, and are contrary to the free grace of God. These arise from the darkness of the understanding, and a spirit of slumber upon them; are the fictions of their own brain, and of their roving imagination; are illusory and deceitful, and are in themselves vanities, and like dreams pass away. And the dreamers of these dreams may be said to "defile the flesh"; since they appear to follow and walk after the dictates of corrupt nature; and because by their unclean practices, mentioned in the preceding verse, they defile the flesh, that is, the body: all sin is of a defiling nature, and all men are defiled with it; but these were notoriously so; and often so it is, that unclean practices follow upon erroneous principles,

Despise dominion; either the government of the world by God, denying or speaking evil of his providence; the Ethiopic version renders it, "they deny their own God", either his being, or rather his providence; or the dominion and kingly power of Christ, to which they cared not to be subject; or rather civil magistracy, which they despised, as supposing it to be inconsistent with their Christian liberty, and rejected it as being a restraint on their lusts; choosing rather anarchy and confusion, that they might do as they pleased, though magistracy is God's ordinance, and magistrates are God's representatives:

and speak evil of dignities; or "glories"; the Arabic version reads, "the God of glory": this is to be understood either of angels, those glorious creatures, called thrones, dominions, &c. or ecclesiastical governors, who are set in the first and highest place in the church, and are the glory of the churches; or else civil magistrates, as before, who are the higher powers, and sit in high places of honour and grandeur. False teachers are injurious to themselves, disturbers of churches, and pernicious to civil government,

(n) T. Hieros. Maaser Sheni, fol. 55. 2, 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. also—rather, "In like manner nevertheless" (notwithstanding these warning examples) [Alford].

these … dreamers—The Greek has not "filthy" of English Version. The clause, "these men dreaming" (that is, in their dreams), belongs to all the verbs, "defile," "despise," and "speak evil." All sinners are spiritually asleep, and their carnal activity is as it were a dream (1Th 5:6, 7). Their speaking evil of dignities is because they are dreaming, and know not what they are speaking evil of (Jude 10). "As a man dreaming seems to himself to be seeing and nearing many things, so the natural man's lusts are agitated by joy, distress, fear, and the other passions. But he is a stranger to self-command. Hence, though he bring into play all the powers of reason, he cannot conceive the true liberty which the sons of light, who are awake and in the daylight; enjoy" [Bengel].

defile the flesh—(Jude 7).

dominion—"lordship."

dignities—literally, "glories." Earthly and heavenly dignities.

Jude 1:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Judgment on the Ungodly
7just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. 8Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. 9But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"…
Cross References
Luke 12:11
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

2 Peter 2:10
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;
Treasury of Scripture

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

these.

Jeremiah 38:25-28 But if the princes hear that I have talked with you, and they come …

defile.

1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the …

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

See on

2 Peter 2:10-12 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

despise.

Genesis 3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes …

Numbers 16:3,12,13 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, …

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And …

Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

Psalm 12:3-4 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks …

Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, …

Acts 7:27,39 But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made …

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

speak.

Jude 1:9,10 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed …

Exodus 22:28 You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless …

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in your thought; and curse not the rich …

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: …

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

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