Jude 1:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Jude 1:18, NIV: They said to you, 'In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.'

Jude 1:18, ESV: They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”

Jude 1:18, KJV: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Jude 1:18, NASB: that they were saying to you, 'In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.'

Jude 1:18, NLT: They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.

Jude 1:18, CSB: They told you, "In the end time there will be scoffers living according to their own ungodly desires."

What does Jude 1:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jude reminds his readers what the apostles predicted. The false teachers are described as emerging in the "last time." As used in the Bible, this refers to the period of church history which began with the formation of the church in Jerusalem, 50 days after Jesus' resurrection. Other New Testament writers refer to the last days in the present tense (Hebrews 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20; 1 John 2:18). This time will continue until the return of Christ, and the completion of God's ultimate plan for our redemption.

These false teachers are "scoffers." They ridicule the truth and morality, preferring to cater to their sinful passions. This echoes an earlier statement made by Jude, indicating that apostates and other false teachers laugh at the things they don't understand (Jude 1:10). The quotation given here comes directly from Peter (2 Peter 3:3), demonstrating that the warnings Jude has given are the same as those heard from the apostles themselves.