1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. 2May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.
Reason for writing
3Beloved, while I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I felt it needful to write to you in order to encourage you to fight hard for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4Indeed, there are certain men who have secretly crept in, people whose condemnation was announced long ago. They are ungodly men who turn the grace of our God into indecency, and they deny our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lessons from the Old Testament
5Even though you already know this, I wish to remind you that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, later on destroyed those who did not believe. 6The angels who did not keep their first domain but deserted their own dwelling place, he has also kept in darkness and eternal chains for the judgement of the great day. 7Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah and the cities around them had given themselves over to sexual immorality and unnatural relations in the same way as these angels. They are presented as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. 8Yet, these people do the same thing: in their delusion, they degrade the flesh, despise authority, and slander the glorious beings. 9But the archangel Michael, when he struggled with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring against the devil an evil-speaking judgement, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you.” (see Zechariah 3:2) 10Yet, these people speak evil of things they know nothing about. What they do understand by natural power, like the creatures without reason, these things will destroy them. 11Woe to them. They have followed the path of Cain, they have thrown themselves after the error of Balaam for the sake of money, and they have perished in Korah’s rebellion. 12These people are like hidden and rocky reefs in your agape meals, when they feast with you. They are shepherds who feed themselves without fear, clouds without water carried along by winds, autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved to the age. 14About these people, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied, saying,
Behold, the Lord is coming with ten thousands of his holy ones,
15to execute judgement on all,
and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness
which they have done in an ungodly way,
and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (1 Enoch 1:9)
16These are grumblers and complainers who pursue their lusts, and their mouth speaks proud things. They only show respect for persons in order to gain an advantage.
Recalling the apostolic teachings
17As for you, beloved, remember the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18They said to you that “in the last time there will be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts.” 19These are the ones who cause divisions, because they are sensual and deprived of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, keep on building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22Have compassion on some of them making a distinction. 23You can save some of them, snatching them out of the fire with fear, yet hating even the clothing stained by what is carnal.
24Now, to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory in great joy, 25to God our Saviour who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever and unto all ages. Amen.