Jude 1:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Jude 1:4, NIV: For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Jude 1:4, ESV: For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:4, KJV: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:4, NASB: For certain people have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into indecent behavior and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:4, NLT: I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:4, CSB: For some people, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into sensuality and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.

What does Jude 1:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jude explains why his readers should aggressively defend the truth. As predicted, immoral men had crept into the membership of first-century churches. Jude describes them as ungodly, accusing them of claiming that God's grace allowed them to lead an immoral life. According to Jude, they even rejected the fact that Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority and Lord. It seems these apostates believed it was acceptable to give in to the body's evil desires. The apostates' character, conduct, and condemnation had been predicted (Isaiah 8:19–22; 2 Thessalonians 2:6–10; 1 Timothy 4:1–2; 2 Timothy 3:1– 9; 2 Peter 2:1–9).

Writing in Romans 6:1–2 the apostle Paul responds to those who think God's grace allows them to keep on sinning. He asks, "Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?" His answer is dramatic: "By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?" The apostle Peter also contradicts the false teaching that grace permits immoral living, writing: "but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Peter 1:15–16).

The false teachers' notion that it doesn't matter whether the body is morally clean or unclean is addressed clearly in Romans 12:1, where the apostle Paul urges believers to offer their bodies "…as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God." The body may be used to honor God or to offend him (Romans 6:12–14).