1Jude, # Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3 a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James:
To those who are the called, # Rm 1:7; 1Co 1:24 loved # Other mss read sanctified # 1Th 1:4; 2Th 2:13 by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. # Jn 17:11, 15; 1Th 5:23; 1Pt 1:5
2May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. # 1Pt 1:2; 2Pt 1:2
Jude’s Purpose in Writing
3Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, # Ti 1:4 I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith # 1Tm 6:12; 2Tm 4:7 that was delivered # 2Pt 2:21 to the saints once for all. 4For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, # 1Pt 2:8 have come in by stealth; # Gl 2:4; 2Tm 3:6 they are ungodly, # Mk 7:22; Rm 5:6 turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying # Ti 1:16; 2Pt 2:1; 1Jn 2:22 Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.
Apostates: Past and Present
5Now I want to remind you, though you know all these things: The Lord # Other mss read Jesus/Joshua, God, or God Christ first # Other mss place first after remind you saved a people out of Egypt and later destroyed those who did not believe; # 1Co 10:1-11 6and He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, the angels # Gn 6:1-4; 2Pt 2:4 who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling. 7In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah # 2Pt 2:6 and the cities around them committed sexual immorality and practiced perversions, # Lit and went after other flesh just as angels did, and serve as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. # 2Th 1:8
8Nevertheless, these dreamers likewise defile their flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme glorious ones. # 2Pt 2:10 9Yet Michael # Dn 10:13,21; 12:1; Rv 12:7 the archangel, # Lk 1:19; 1Th 4:16 when he was disputing with the Devil # Mt 4:1,10; Ac 13:10 in a debate about Moses’ # Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 body, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him but said, “The Lord rebuke you! ” 10But these people blaspheme anything they don’t understand. What they know by instinct like unreasoning animals — they destroy themselves with these things. 11Woe to them! For they have traveled in the way of Cain, # Gn 4:1-17,24-25; Heb 11:4; 1Jn 3:12 have abandoned themselves to the error of Balaam # Nm 22:5; 2Pt 2:15 for profit, and have perished in Korah’s rebellion. # Nm 16:1
The Apostates’ Doom
12These are the ones who are like dangerous reefs # Or like spots at your love feasts. # 1Co 11:17-22; 2Pt 2:13 They feast with you, nurturing only themselves without fear. They are waterless clouds carried along by winds; # Pr 25:14 trees in late autumn — fruitless, twice dead, pulled out by the roots; 13wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameful deeds; wandering stars # Is 14:12-15; Rv 1:16; 8:10; 9:1 for whom the blackness of darkness # Mt 6:23; Jd 6 is reserved forever! # 2Pt 2:17
14And Enoch, # Gn 5:18 in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied about them:
Look! The Lord comes # Or came
with thousands of His holy ones # Dt 33:2; Dn 7:10; Mk 8:38; 1Th 3:13; 2Th 1:7; Heb 12:22
15to execute judgment on all
and to convict them # Lit convict all
of all their ungodly # 2Pt 2:5-6 acts
that they have done in an ungodly way,
and of all the harsh things ungodly sinners
have said against Him.
16These people are discontented grumblers, walking according to their desires; # 2Pt 2:10 their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering # Lv 19:15; Dt 10:17; 2Ch 19:7; Pr 28:21 people for their own advantage.
17But you, dear friends, remember what was predicted by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18they told you, “In the end time # 1Tm 4:1; 2Tm 3:1; 1Pt 1:5,20 there will be scoffers # 2Pt 3:3 walking according to their own ungodly desires.” 19These people create divisions and are unbelievers, # Or natural # Rm 8:9; Php 3:3 not having the Spirit.
Exhortation and Benediction
20But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, # Rm 8:15-16,26-27; Eph 6:18 21keep yourselves in the love of God, # Jn 15:9-10; 1Jn 4:16 expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. 22Have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; # 1Co 3:15; 2Th 1:8 have mercy on others but with fear, # Rv 11:11 hating # Pr 6:16-19 even the garment # Zch 3:3-4 defiled by the flesh.
24Now to Him # Rm 16:25; Eph 3:20 who is able to protect you from stumbling # Jn 17:12 and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless # Eph 1:4; 5:27; Php 2:15; Col 1:22 and with great joy, 25to the only # Jn 5:44; Rm 16:27 God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, # Other mss omit through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, # Other mss omit before all time now and forever. Amen.