The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men
Jude, a Servant of Jesus Christ
And a brother of James,
To those who have been called,
Who are loved by God the Father
AND KEPT BY JESUS CHRIST:
2 Mercy , Peace and Love be yours in Abundance.
3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you
ABOUT THE SALVATION WE SHARE,
I felt I had to write and Urge you to Contend for the Faith
That was once for all Entrusted to the Saints.
4 FOR CERTAIN MEN
WHOSE CONDEMNATION WAS WRITTEN ABOUT LONG AGO
HAVE SECRETLY SLIPPED IN AMONG YOU.
THEY ARE GODLESS MEN,
WHO CHANGE THE GRACE OF OUR GOD
INTO A LICENSE FOR IMMORALITY
AND DENY JESUS CHRIST
OUR ONLY SOVEREIGN AND LORD.
5 Though you already know all this,
I want to remind you
That the Lord Delivered His people out of Egypt,
BUT LATER DESTROYED THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE.
6 And the Angels
Who did not keep their positions of Authority
But Abandoned their own home--
THESE HE HAS KEPT IN DARKNESS,
BOUND WITH EVERLASTING CHAINS FOR JUDGMENT
ON THE GREAT DAY.
7 In a similar way,
Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns
Gave themselves up to Sexual Immorality and Perversion.
THEY SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE
OF THOSE WHO SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF ETERNAL FIRE.
8 IN THE SAME WAY
THESE DREAMERS POLLUTE THEIR OWN BODIES,
REJECT AUTHORITY AND SLANDER CELESTIAL BEINGS.
9 BUT EVEN THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL,
WHEN HE WAS DISPUTING WITH THE DEVIL
ABOUT THE BODY OF MOSES,
DID NOT DARE TO BRING
A SLANDEROUS ACCUSATION AGAINST HIM,
BUT SAID,'THE LORD REBUKE YOU!'
10 Yet these men speak abusively
Against whatever they do not understand;
And what things they do understand
By Instinct, like Unreasoning Animals--
These are the very thing that Destroy them.
11 WOE TO THEM!
THEY HAVE TAKEN THE WAY OF CAIN;
THEY HAVE RUSHED FOR PROFIT INTO BALAAM'S ERROR;
THEY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN KORAH'S REBELLION.
12 These men are Blemishes at your love Feasts,
Eating with you without the slightest Qualm--
SHEPHERDS WHO FEED ONLY THEMSELVES.
THEY ARE CLOUDS WITHOUT RAIN,
BLOWN ALONG BY THE WIND;
AUTUMN TREES, WITHOUT FRUIT AND UPROOTED--
13 THEY ARE WILD WAVES OF THE SEA,
FOAMING UP THEIR SHAME;
FOR WHOM BLACKEST DARKNESS HAS BEEN RESERVED FOREVER.
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam,
Prophesied about these men:
'SEE THE LORD IS COMING
WITH THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF HIS HOLY ONES
15 TO JUDGE EVERYONE,
AND TO CONVICT ALL THE UNGODLY
OF ALL THE UNGODLY ACTS THEY HAVE DONE
IN THE UNGODLY WAY,
AND OF ALL THE HARSH WORDS UNGODLY SINNERS
HAVE SPOKEN AGAIN HIM.
16 THESE MEN ARE FAULTFINDERS;
THEY FOLLOW THEIR OWN EVIL DESIRES;
THEY BOAST ABOUT THEMSELVES
AND FLATTER OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN ADVANTAGE.
A Call to Persevere
17 But, dear friends,
Remember what the Apostles
of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
18 they said to you,
'IN THE LAST TIMES THERE WILL BE SCOFFERS
WHO FOLLOW THEIR OWN UNGODLY DESIRES.'
19 THESE ARE THE MEN WHO DIVIDE YOU,
WHO FOLLOW MERE NATURAL INSTINCTS
AND DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT.
20 BUT YOU, DEAR FRIENDS,
BUILD YOURSELVES UP IN YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH
AND PRAY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
21 KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD'S LOVE
AS YOU WAIT FOR THE MERCY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
TO BRING YOU TO ETERNAL LIFE.
22 BE MERCIFUL TO THOSE WHO DOUBT;
23 SNATCH OTHERS FROM THE FIRE AND SAVE THEM;
TO OTHERS SHOW MERCY, MIXED WITH FEAR--
HATING EVEN THE CLOTHING
STAINED BY CORRUPTED FLESH.
24 To Him Who is able to Keep you from Falling
And to Present you before His Glorious Presence
Without Fault and with Great Joy--
25 To the only God our Savior
Be Glory, Majesty, Power and Authority
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Before all Ages,
Now and forevermore! Amen.