The Warnings of History to the Ungodly
1 1aJude, a bbond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of 2James,
To cthose who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and dkept for Jesus Christ:
2 aMay mercy and peace and love bbe multiplied to you.
3 aBeloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our bcommon salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you ccontend earnestly for dthe faith which was once for all ehanded down to fthe 1saints.
4 For certain persons have acrept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand 1bmarked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn cthe grace of our God into dlicentiousness and edeny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 Now I desire to aremind you, though byou know all things once for all, that 1the Lord, cafter saving a people out of the land of Egypt, 2subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
6 And aangels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has bkept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,
7 just as aSodom and Gomorrah and the bcities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and cwent after 1strange flesh, are exhibited as an 2dexample in undergoing the epunishment of eternal fire.
8 Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, adefile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile 1angelic majesties.
9 But aMichael bthe archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about cthe body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “dThe Lord rebuke you!”
10 But athese men revile the things which they do not understand; and bthe things which they know by instinct, alike unreasoning animals, by these things they are 1destroyed.
11 Woe to them! For they have gone athe way of Cain, and for pay 1they have rushed headlong into bthe error of Balaam, and cperished in the rebellion of Korah.
12 These are the men who are 1hidden reefs ain your love feasts when they feast with you bwithout fear, caring for themselves; cclouds without water, dcarried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, 2doubly dead, euprooted;
13 awild waves of the sea, casting up btheir own 1shame like foam; wandering stars, cfor whom the 2black darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these men that aEnoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “bBehold, the Lord came with 1many thousands of His holy ones,
15 ato execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which bungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
16 These are agrumblers, finding fault, bfollowing after their own lusts; 1they speak carrogantly, flattering people dfor the sake of gaining an advantage.
Keep Yourselves in the Love of God
17 But you, abeloved, bought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by cthe apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
18 that they were saying to you, “aIn the last time there will be mockers, bfollowing after their own ungodly lusts.”
19 These are the ones who cause divisions, 1aworldly-minded, 2devoid of the Spirit.
20 But you, abeloved, bbuilding yourselves up on your most holy afaith, cpraying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
23 save others, asnatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, bhating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
24 aNow to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to bmake you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with cgreat joy,
25 to the aonly bGod our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, cbe glory, majesty, dominion and authority, dbefore all time and now and 1forever. Amen.