Greeting to the Called
1Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and #Acts 1:13brother of James,
To those who are #Rom. 1:7called, sanctified by God the Father, and #John 17:11, 12preserved in Jesus Christ:
2Mercy, #1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Pet. 1:2peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Contend for the Faith
3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you #Titus 1:4concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting #Phil. 1:27you 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 God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Old and New Apostates
5But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that #Ex. 12:51; 1 Cor. 10:5–10; Heb. 3:16the 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 proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7as #Gen. 19:24; 2 Pet. 2:6Sodom 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 vengeance of eternal fire.
8#2 Pet. 2:10Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and #Ex. 22:28speak evil of dignitaries. 9Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, #Zech. 3:2“The Lord rebuke you!” 10#2 Pet. 2:12But 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 #Gen. 4:3–8; Heb. 11:4; 1 John 3:12of Cain, #Num. 31:16; 2 Pet. 2:15; Rev. 2:14have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished #Num. 16:1–3, 31–35in the rebellion of Korah.
Apostates Depraved and Doomed
12These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13#Is. 57:20raging waves of the sea, #(Phil. 3:19)foaming up their own shame; wandering stars #2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 6for 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 #1 Sam. 2:3harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
16These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they #2 Pet. 2:18mouth great swelling words, #Prov. 28:21flattering people to gain advantage. 17#2 Pet. 3:2But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18how they told you that #Acts 20:29; (1 Tim. 4:1); 2 Tim. 3:1; 4:3; 2 Pet. 3:3there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Maintain Your Life with God
20But you, beloved, #Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:11building yourselves up on your most holy faith, #(Rom. 8:26)praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, #Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; 2 Pet. 3:12looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23but #Rom. 11:14others save with fear, #Amos 4:11; Zech. 3:2; 1 Cor. 3:15pulling them out of the fire, hating even #(Zech. 3:4, 5); Rev. 3:4the garment defiled by the flesh.
Glory to God
24#(Eph. 3:20)Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And #Col. 1:22to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.