John Bengel Commentary - Jude 1:3 - 1:3

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John Bengel Commentary - Jude 1:3 - 1:3

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Jud 1:3. Πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος) when I gave all diligence.-γράφειν-σωτηρίας, to write-salvation) Antithetical to marked out before (fore-written) to judgment: Jud 1:4.-περὶ, concerning) Here is the design of the Epistle: Jud 1:20-21. There is a close agreement between the beginning and the end of the Epistle.-κοινῆς, common) by equally (“like”) precious faith: 2Pe 1:1. The ground of mutual exhortation.-σωτηρίας, salvation) Even severe admonitions tend to salvation.-ἀνάγκην ἔσχον) I could not but.-γράψαι ὑμῖν παρακαλῶν, to write to you with exhortation) Of all kinds of writing, Jude judged exhortation to be most salutary at that time. The word, to write, is in close connection with exhorting. Exhortation is introduced in Jud 1:17-18. This is the express design of the Epistle.-ἐπαγωνίζεσθαι, that ye contend) It is a double duty, to fight earnestly in behalf of the faith, against enemies; and to build one’s self up in the faith: Jud 1:20. Comp. Neh 4:16-18.-ἅπαξ, once for all) The particle expresses great urgency: no other faith will be given. Comp. in the second instance [subsequently, “afterward”], Jud 1:5.-παραδοθείσῃ, delivered) from God.-τοῖς ἀγίοις) to all the saints, who are such (i.e. holy) by reason of their most holy faith: Jud 1:20. Construe this with delivered.-πίστει, the faith) by which we arrive at salvation: Jud 1:20-21.