Revised English Version

The General Epistle of Jude  

Jude  

1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to the called ones, loved by God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. 3Beloved, while being very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you urging you to contend earnestly for the Faitha that was delivered to the holy ones once for all time. 4For some people have crept in unnoticed, those who were written about previously for this verdict: they are ungodly, perverting the grace of our God into immoral indulgence, and are denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 5Now I want to remind you, though you know all these things, that the Lord, having at one time saved a Peopleb out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And angels too, who did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal imprisonment in gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great Day. 7Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, having indulged in sexual immorality in a similar way as those angels and gone after unnatural flesh, are set forward as an example, suffering the punishment of the fire of the Age to come. 8Nevertheless, in a similar way, these people also, relying on their dreams,c defile the flesh, and reject lordship,d and defame the glories. 9But when the ruling-angel Michael was disputing with the Devile and arguing about the body of Moses, he did not dare bring against him a defaming judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10But these people defame whatever things they do not understand; and whatever things they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, they destroy themselves by those things. 11Woe to them! Because they walked in the way of Cain; and for the sake of profit, they have committed themselves to the error of Balaam; and they have destroyed themselves in the rebellion of Korah. 12These are those who are hidden reefs at your love-feasts, feasting together with you without fear, shepherding only themselves, clouds without water carried along by winds, autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted, 13wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shameful deeds like foam, wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever. 14And Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied about these, saying, “Look!, the Lord will comef with 10,000’s of his holy ones, 15to execute judgment on all, and to convict every soul concerning all of their ungodly works that they have committed in an ungodly way, and concerning all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16These are grumblers, complainers, walking after their own ungodly desires, and their mouth speaks lofty things, flattering people for their own advantage. 17But you, beloved, remember the message that was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18They said to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, walking after their own ungodly desires.” 19These are those who cause divisions, worldly-minded,g not having the spirit. 20But you, beloved, continue building yourselves up on your most holy Faith, praying in holy spirit. 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ resulting in life in the Age to come. 22And have mercy on those who are doubting, 23and save others by snatching them out of the fire, and on still others have mercy with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh. 24Now to him who is able to guard you from stumbling and to present you in the presence of his glory without blemish and with great joy, 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all the ages, and now, and for all the ages to come. Amen.

a[3]
“Faith” here refers to the Christian Faith in general.
b[5]
The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel.
c[8]
Can refer to actual dreams or to fantasies, that they falsely attributed to revelation from God.
d[8]
The power and authority of a lord.
e[9]
“Devil” is a transliteration of the Greek word, diabolos, which literally means “Slanderer.”
f[14]
Lit. “came.” The prophetic perfect idiom: a future event written about as if it were past to express certainty.
g[19]
Lit. “of soul.” The opposite of “spiritual.” We have no good English equivalent.