Mercy, peace, and love (Jude 1:2)

“May mercy,

Peace,

And love

Be yours

In abundance!”

ἔλεος ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη καὶ ἀγάπη πληθυνθείη.

This Jude said, “May mercy (ἔλεος), peace (καὶ εἰρήνη), and love (καὶ ἀγάπη) be yours (ὑμῖν) in abundance (πληθυνθείη)!”  This is similar to the greeting in 2 John, 1:3, where that author said “Grace (χάρις), mercy (ἔλεος), and peace (εἰρήνη) will be with us (ἔσται μεθ’ ἡμῶν) from God (παρὰ Θεοῦ) the Father (Πατρός) and from Jesus Christ (καὶ παρὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), the Son of the Father (τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ Πατρός) in truth (ἐν ἀληθείᾳ) and love (καὶ ἀγάπῃ).”  Like that author, Jude has added one new element to the grace, love, and peace greeting of Paul, mercy.  What kind of wishes do you have for people when you greet them?

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