Jude 1:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Jude 1:17, NIV: But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.

Jude 1:17, ESV: But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:17, KJV: But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Jude 1:17, NASB: But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Jude 1:17, NLT: But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said.

Jude 1:17, CSB: But you, dear friends, remember what was predicted by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What does Jude 1:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jude has been writing to describe the danger posed by false teachers and apostates. In the prior passage, Jude laid out both their sins and the danger those errors posed. Not only do such unbelievers put themselves under eternal judgment (Jude 1:13), they also pose a spiritual risk to the Christians they associate with (Jude 1:12).

In this verse Jude reminds his readers that the apostles had predicted the emergence of false teachers. Unlike the false teachers who served only themselves, the apostles were committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. He was their Master (Lord), Savior (Jesus), and Messiah (Christ).

The word Christ is really a title, derived from a Greek term christos, meaning "anointed one." This, is turn is a translation of the Hebrew term meshiach. This refers to Jesus' position as God's anointed prophet, priest, and king.

The apostles' predictions about the rise of false teachers can be found throughout the New Testament (Acts 20:29–30; 1 Timothy 4:1–3; 2 Timothy 3:1–9, 13; 2 Peter 2:1–3; 3:1–7). Jude's deep concern for his readers contrasts sharply with the false teachers' concern for only themselves.