The Letter of Jude

1:1Jude, slave of Jesus the Anointed but brother of James,

To the dear ones united with God the Father and called by Jesus the Anointed:1:2Abundant mercy and peace and love to you!

1:3Dear ones, I had intended to write to you about our common salvation, but instead I must write to urge you to contend for the faith that was once and for all handed over to the holy ones.1:4For some people have slipped in whose judgment was written about long ago. They violate what is holy, they trade our God’s favor for a license to indulge, and they disown our only Owner and Master Jesus the Anointed.

1:5So I will remind you, who knew about all this, that the Master saved the people out of Egypt but then destroyed the unbelievers among them.1:6And as for the Messengers who did not stay in their positions but left their home, he has kept them in prisons of unimaginable gloom for the great Judgment Day.1:7Just like Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, these Messengers were extremely promiscuous in chasing after different flesh. They are serving as object lessons, experiencing the justice of eternal fire.1:8Likewise, these dreamers pollute flesh and even defy mastery and slander majesties.1:9Yet not even Michael, the Ruling Messenger, presumed to pronounce disrespectful judgment when he was disputing with the Slanderer about the body of Moses, but only said, “May the Master impose the penalty on you!”1:10But these people mock what they don’t comprehend; with the instinct of unthinking animals, they are skilled at what corrupts them.

1:11Woe to them! They took the way of Cain; they were scattered like the wages of Balaam; they died as in the rebellion of Korah.1:12These are stains at your fellowship meals; they carouse without shame and only guide themselves. They are clouds without rain that are driven away by the wind; they are fruitless late-autumn trees, twice dead!1:13They are waves of the churning sea that foam up their shame, wandering stars whose destiny is an eternal gloomy darkness.

1:14Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied this: “Look! The Master is coming with huge numbers of his holy ones,1:15to condemn the irreverent for each and every thing they did, and for every twisted word they spoke against him.”1:16These people always grumble and whine in line with their desires, and they brag excessively while flattering others for their own advantage.

1:17But you, dear ones, must remember the announcements made earlier by the Ambassadors of our Master Jesus the Anointed.1:18They told you, “In the last time there will be mockers who operate from their own irreverent desires.1:19They cause division and are soulish instead of spiritual.”1:20But you, dear ones, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.1:21Keep yourselves in the love of God and receive the mercy of our Master Jesus the Anointed into eternal life.1:22Be merciful even to those who are undecided,1:23mercifully snatching them out of the fire yet hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.

1:24Now to the One who is able to protect you from harm, and to make you stand in view of his favor in perfect honor,1:25to our only God and Savior by means of Jesus the Anointed, our Master, belongs honor, greatness, strength, and authority, from eternity past and now to eternity future, absolutely!