Jude

Jude, servant to Jesus the Christ and brother of James, to those who are selected in love by Yahva and protected for Jesus: May you have mercy, peace and love in abundance. Friends, although I was striving to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel a need to encourage you to contend for the faith that was once was handed down to the holy ones. For there have been some intruders, who long ago were designated for this condemnation, godless persons, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and who deny our only lord, Jesus.

I wish to remind you, although you know these things, that Yahva once saved a people from Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe. The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains for the judgment of the great day. Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by continual punishment by eternal fire.

Similarly, these dreamers also defile the flesh, scorn lordship, and revile glorious beings. Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said; "May the Lord rebuke you!" But these people revile what they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature like irrational animals. Woe to them! They followed the way of Cain, abandoned themselves to Balaam's error for the sake of gain, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are blemishes on your love feasts, as they carouse fearlessly and look after themselves. They are waterless clouds blown about by winds, fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead and uprooted. They are like wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameless deeds, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.

Enoch, of the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied also about them when he said; "Behold, the Lord has come with his countless holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict everyone for all the godless deeds that they committed and for all the harsh words godless sinners have uttered against him." These people are complainers, disgruntled ones who live by their desires; their mouths utter bombast as they fawn over people to gain advantage.

But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus the Christ, who told you; "In the final time there will be scoffers who will live for their godless desires." These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Jesus the Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.

To the one who can keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus the Christ be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past and for ages to come.



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