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The General Letter of Jude

Full Text The General Letter of Jude

JUDE, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept by Jesus Christ: 2Mercy, and peace, and love, be multiplied to you.

3Beloved, while giving all diligence to write to you concerning the common salvation, I found it needful for me to write to you exhorting to contend earnestly for the faith, delivered once for all to the saints. 4For there crept in stealthily certain men, who of old were appointed beforehand to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into wantonness, and denying the only Master, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5But I wish to remind you, as once knowing all, that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who believed not. 6And angels who kept not their principality, but left their own habitation, he has kept in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. 7As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like manner with them giving themselves over to fornication, and going away after other flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8Yet, in like manner, these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, despise dominion, and rail at dignities. 9But Michael the archangel, when, contending with the Devil, he disputed concerning the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing judgment, but said: The Lord rebuke thee. 10But these rail at the things which they know not; but what things naturally, as the brute beasts, they understand, in these they corrupt themselves.

11Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and rushed on in the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Korah.

12These are rocks in your feasts of love, feasting with you fearlessly, feeding their own selves; clouds without water, carried away by winds; autumnal trees, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved forever.

14Yea, and of these Enoch the seventh from Adam prophesied, saying: Behold, the Lord came, with his holy myriads. 15to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly among them of all their acts of ungodliness which they committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners spoke against him.

16These are murmurers, complaining of their lot, walking according to their lusts; and their mouth speaks swelling words; having respect to persons, for the sake of profit.

17But ye, beloved, remember the words which were before spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18that they told you, that at the last of the time there will be scoffers, walking after their own lusts of ungodliness. 19These are they who separate; sensual, having not the Spirit. 20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life.

22And some refute when they are contending; but others save, snatching them out of the fire; 23and others compassionate with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time, and now, and forever. Amen.