Jul 24, 2022 • Jeremy Brannon
En garde is French for “on (your) guard.” In fencing, the phrase is shouted by the referee at the start of each match. This exclamation tells the fencers to assume a position ready for action, to prepare to contend against their opponents. Jude gives a similar exclamation at the opening of Jude 11: “Woe!” The word is an interjection. Jude is sounding the alarm, telling the church to be en garde against those who act falsely, to be in a position of readiness to recognize them, and to contend against them.