Greeting to the Called
1Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are called, 1:1 NU belovedsanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
2Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Contend for the Faith
3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
4For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord 1:4 NU omits GodGod and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Old and New Apostates
5But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6And the angels who did not keep their 1:6 ownproper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
7as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the 1:7 punishmentvengeance of eternal fire.
8Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of 1:8 glorious ones, lit. gloriesdignitaries.
9Yet Michael the archangel, in 1:9 arguingcontending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
10But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
11Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Apostates Depraved and Doomed
12These are 1:12 stains, or hidden reefsspots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried 1:12 NU, M alongabout by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
13raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
15to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Apostates Predicted
16These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
17But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
18how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
19These are 1:19 soulish or worldlysensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Maintain Your Life with God
20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on 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 unto eternal life.
22And on some have compassion, 1:22 NU who are doubting (or making distinctions)making a distinction;
23but others save 1:23 NU omits with fearwith fear, pulling them out of the 1:23 NU adds and on some have mercy with fearfire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Glory to God
24Now to Him who is able to keep 1:24 M themyou from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25To 1:25 NU the only God ourGod our Savior,
1:25 NU Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Be gloryWho alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and 1:25 NU adds Before all time,power,
Both now and forever.