New Revised Standard Version
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for
2 May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
3 Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we
share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith
that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 For certain intruders have
stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation
as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our
only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Three examples of judgment
5 Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that the Lord,
who once for all saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed
those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their own
position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in
deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day. 7 Likewise, Sodom and
Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they,
indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example
by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
A further example of the impropriety of slander; three examples of error
8 Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority,
and slander the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael contended with
the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a
condemnation of slander against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" 10 But
these people slander whatever they do not understand, and they are destroyed
by those things that, like irrational animals, they know by instinct. 11 Woe
to them! For they go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Balaam's error
for the sake of gain, and perish in Korah's rebellion. 12 These are blemishes
on your love-feasts, while they feast with you without fear, feeding
themselves. They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds; autumn trees
without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the
foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has
been reserved forever.
A prophecy of judgment
14 It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam,
prophesied, saying, "See, the Lord is coming with ten thousands of his holy
ones, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict everyone of all the deeds
of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the
harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him." 16 These are
grumblers and malcontents; they indulge their own lusts; they are bombastic in
speech, flattering people to their own advantage.
An apostolic prophecy; exhortations
17 But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord
Jesus Christ; 18 for they said to you, "In the last time there will be
scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts." 19 It is these worldly people,
devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. 20 But you, beloved, build
yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21 keep
yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some who are wavering;
23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still
others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand
without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25 to the only
God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and
authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.