Epistle of Saint Jude
GREETING 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those that have been called by God; who have found love in God the Father and have been kept safe in Jesus Christ. 2 Mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
EXHORTATION 3 Beloved, I had fully intended to write to you concerning the salvation we share. Now I feel obliged to write you and to encourage you to stand firm in the faith proclaimed to all the saints. 4 Certain individuals have worked themselves into your midst, godless men, who long ago were destined for the condemnation I shall describe. They pervert our God’s gracious gift to sexual excess and they deny Jesus Christ, our one and only Master and Lord.
AGAINST FALSE TEACHERS 5 Now I desire to remind you of various things, though you may be very aware of them. The Lord first saved his people from the land of Egypt but later destroyed those who were obstinate and refused to believe. 6 Then, too, there were angels who did not keep to their own domain, who abandoned their dwelling place. These the Lord keeps in everlasting bonds in darkness until the judgment of that great day. 7 Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them indulged in lust, just as those angels did; they practiced unnatural vice. They have been set before us to discourage us, as they suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
8 Yet in like manner these also defile the flesh; they reject God’s dominion and condemn angelic beings. 9 Even the archangel Michael, when his case with the devil was being judged — a dispute over the body of Moses — did not venture to charge him with blasphemy. He simply said, May the Lord rebuke you. 10 These men, however, revile whatever they do not understand; and, those things that they know by instinct, as the irrational animals do, they corrupt. 11 So much the worse for them! They have gone in the way of Cain. They have given in to the way of Balaam’s error for earthly gain; and, as in the case of Korah, they go down to destruction in rebellion. 12 These men are blemishes on your Christian banquets. They join in your solemn feasts without shame and only look after themselves. They blow in the wind like clouds that drop no rain. Like trees at harvest time, they bear no fruit; and being dead, are uprooted. 13 They are like the wild ocean waves, splashing their wild evil deeds abroad like foam; or, they are like shooting stars for whom the thick gloom of darkness has been reserved forever. 14 And about these Enoch, the seventh generation descended from Adam, prophesied, when he said, See the Lord has come with his countless holy ones with him 15 to execute judgment upon all, declaring guilty the ungodly for every evil deed they have committed and convicting these godless sinners of every harsh word that they have uttered against him.
16 These are grumblers and complainers. They live according to their passions, hurling sharp words at each other; yet, whenever it is to their benefit, they resort to flattery. 17 Remember, beloved, all of you, the prophetic words of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 and, how they said to you, In the last days there shall be imposters, living by their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are they who make divisions, sensual as they are, for they do not have the Spirit.
ADMONITION 20 But you, beloved, build up yourselves in your most sacred faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which leads to eternal life. 22 Correct the confused; the others you must save by snatching them from the fire. 23 Even those you pity, watch out for them; detest even their flesh-stained clothing.