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Jude, Chapter 1 (General Epistles)

1Jude,[1]{1} a slave[2]{2} of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,[3] to those having been set apart[4] in God the Father,{3} and having been kept[5] by[6] Jesus Christ:{4}

2Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.{5}

The Sin and Punishment of the Ungodly

3Beloved,{6} making all diligence to write to you about the common salvation, I had necessity to write to you, exhorting you to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.[7]{7} 4For certain men crept in,{8} those who long ago were[8] written into this judgment,[9] ungodly ones who pervert the grace of our God for unbridled lust and deny our only Master God and our Lord Jesus Christ.{9}

5But I intend to remind you that you once knew these things,{10} that the Lord[10] saved people out of the land of Egypt, and thereafter[11] He destroyed those who did not believe.{11} 6Angels and those who did not keep their first place, but deserted their dwelling place, He has kept in eternal chains under blackness for a great day of judgment.{12} 7Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, in a similar manner to these, committed fornication and went away after other[12] flesh,{13}[13] an example of undergoing the everlasting fire of vengeance.{14}

8Likewise indeed also these dreamers defile even flesh, despise authority[14], and speak evil of glories.[15]{15} 9But the archangel Michael,{16} when contending with the Devil, when arguing[16] about the body of Moses,{17} he dared not bring a judgment of blasphemy, but said, “Let the Lord rebuke you.”{18}[17] 10But these speak evil of what things they do not know;{19} and what things they understand naturally, as animals without reason,[18] by these they are corrupted.{20} 11Woe to them, because they went in the way of Cain{21} and gave themselves to the error of Balaam for reward,{22} and in the rebellion[19] of Korah they perished!{23} 12These are the rocky reefs in your love feasts, feasting together with you,{24} feeding themselves without fear,{25} waterless clouds having been carried about by winds,{26} autumn trees without fruit, twice dying having been uprooted,{27} 13wild waves of the sea,{28} foaming up shame for themselves,{29} wandering stars for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved[20] forever.[21]{30}

14Enoch,{31} the seventh from Adam, also prophesied to these saying:

Behold, the Lord came with myriads of His saints[22]{32} 15to do judgment against all{33} and to rebuke all the ungodly because of[23] all the ungodly works they did and about all the harsh[24] things which ungodly sinners spoke against Him.[25]{34}

16These are murmurers, complainers,{35} following after[26] their lusts,{36} and their mouths speak of proud things{37} showing admiration[27] to gain an advantage.[28]{38}

Persevere in the Love of God

17But beloved, remember the words spoken before by the apostles{39} of our Lord, Jesus Christ,{40} 18because they told you that in the last days[29]{41} there will be mockers following their own ungodly lusts.{42} 19They divide themselves apart like animals not having the Spirit.{43} 20But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith,{44} praying in the Holy Spirit,{45} 21keep yourselves in the love of God,{46} eagerly awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to everlasting life.{47} 22And truly pity some, with discernment,[30]{48} 23but save others with fear, snatching them out of the fire,{49} hating even the garment[31] stained from the flesh.{50}

Exhortation and Benediction

24To Him who is able{51} to keep you from stumbling, and set you before His glory{52} without blemish{53} and with exultation,{54} 25to the only wise God our Savior,{55} be glory and greatness, might and majesty, both[32] now and through all the ages. Amen.{56}

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