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22 Keep being compassionate to those who still have doubts,[a] 23 and snatch others out of the fire to save them. Be merciful over and over to them, but always couple your mercy with the fear of God. Be extremely careful to keep yourselves free from the pollutions of the flesh.[b]

24 Now, to the one with enough power to prevent you from stumbling into sin[c] and bring you faultless before his glorious presence to stand before him with ecstatic delight,

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  1. Jude 1:22 Or “Show mercy to those who are still undecided.”
  2. Jude 1:23 Or “hating even the garment [‘snake skin’ or ‘coating’] of the pollution of the flesh [the natural realm].” In other words, we do all we can to bring others to Christ, but not at the expense of becoming like them in ignoring sin. Jude, in closing, gives us seven commands: (1) Keep building up your inner life on the foundation of faith. (2) Pray in the Holy Spirit. (3) Fasten your life to the love of God. (4) Receive more mercy from our Lord Jesus Christ. (5) Have compassion on the wavering. (6) Share the gospel with those who are lost. (7) Hate any compromise that will stain our lives.
  3. Jude 1:24 The Greek word aptaistos, a hapax legomenon, is translated in classical Greek as “to keep from harm.”

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire;(A) to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[a](B)


24 To him who is able(C) to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence(D) without fault(E) and with great joy—

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  1. Jude 1:23 The Greek manuscripts of these verses vary at several points.

22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

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