The Meaning of Jude 1:2 Explained

Jude 1:2

KJV: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

YLT: kindness to you, and peace, and love, be multiplied!

Darby: Mercy to you, and peace, and love be multiplied.

ASV: Mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.

What does Jude 1:2 Mean?

Verse Meaning

We need God"s mercy in view of our exceedingly sinful condition. We need His peace in view of the subtle and stimulating temptations that surround us on every hand. And we need His love to sustain and encourage us in our spiritual warfare. Jude"s readers needed all this help in view of the false teachers" influence, which he proceeded to discuss.
"They are not self-acquired Christian virtues, but the gifts of God, which, the author prays, may be abundantly bestowed upon his readers. Nevertheless, by a divine alchemy, the gifts of God are transformed into human characteristics." [1]

Context Summary

Jude 1:1-11 - "contend Earnestly For The Faith"
Kept is the keynote of this Epistle. It occurs in Judges 1:1; Judges 1:6; Judges 1:21, and in another form in Judges 1:24. Many evil doctrines and practices were intruding into the Church. Certain persons had crept in, who quoted the mercy of God as an excuse for immorality and practically disowned the teachings of the Lord Jesus.
In contrast with these were the disciples whom Jude addresses and who owned the Lord Jesus as their beloved "Despot," (the Greek for Master, Judges 1:4, r.v.) They were kept for him, as the others were kept in chains. Let us also keep ourselves in the love of God, Judges 1:21. It is much easier to live consistently in hours of storm than in hours of ease.
Let us be warned against drifting back from our first faith. Let us take heed from the fate of fallen angels, of Sodom and Gomorrah, of Cain and Balaam, of Korah and others. Let us watch and pray and earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints, Judges 1:3, bearing it through the world as the pilgrim host bore the sacred vessels in the days of Ezra. See Ezra 8:28. [source]

Chapter Summary: Jude 1

1  He exhorts them to be constant in the profession of the faith
4  false teachers crept in to seduce them, for whose evil doctrine a horrible punishment is prepared;
20  whereas the godly may persevere, grow in grace, and keep the faith

Greek Commentary for Jude 1:2

Be multiplied [πλητυντειη]
First aorist passive optative of πλητυνω — plēthunō as in 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Peter 1:2. [source]
Love []
Peculiar to Jude in salutation. [source]

What do the individual words in Jude 1:2 mean?

Mercy to you and peace love be multiplied
Ἔλεος ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀγάπη πληθυνθείη

Ἔλεος  Mercy 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Neuter Singular
Root: ἔλεος  
Sense: mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them.
ὑμῖν  to  you 
Parse: Personal / Possessive Pronoun, Dative 2nd Person Plural
Root: σύ  
Sense: you.
εἰρήνη  peace 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: εἰρήνη  
Sense: a state of national tranquillity.
ἀγάπη  love 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: ἀγάπη  
Sense: brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence.
πληθυνθείη  be  multiplied 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Optative Passive, 3rd Person Singular
Root: πληθύνω  
Sense: to increase, to multiply.

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