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    A Lesson in Humility

    This is a scriptural commentary submitted by a volunteer or a volunteer translator. It’s not an official view of the 2001 Translation project. We are not a religion and we do not establish doctrine. These commentaries reflect a variety of views and some disagree with each other. Anyone can submit a commentary (see requirements).

    We learn an interesting lesson about humility from the words and actions of MichaEl (God’s ArchAngel or Highest Messenger), as found at Jude 9. There, when speaking of the battle he waged with the Slanderer over Moses’ [dead] body, it says:

    ‘He didn’t dare to bring a judgment of blasphemy against him


    ouk etolmeson krisin epenegkein blasphemias
    not dare to/judgment to/bring/against/him blasphemous

    Certainly, if anyone could be called an ‘apostate,’ it was this one that other Bible translations call the Devil and Satan, because he turned from his righteous position in the heavens (which is what apostasy means… turning away from a state or condition).

    However, MichaEl never used any such disrespectful term. He just said:

    ‘May Jehovah give you what you deserve.’

    This lesson should serve as a warning to all Christians against using abusive and condemning words against others, no matter what the circumstances. For if the term ‘Christian’ means being like or following Jesus, then His true followers should never blaspheme by using disrespectful words.