1 1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that
are called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:
unto you and peace and love be multiplied.
3Beloved, while I was giving
all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to
write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was
once for all delivered unto the saints.
4For there are certain men crept
in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this
condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,
and denying our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5Now I desire to put
you in remembrance, though ye know all things once for all, that the Lord,
having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that
6And angels that kept not their own principality, but left
their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness
unto the judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the
cities about them, having in like manner with these given themselves over to
fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example,
suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
8Yet in like manner these also
in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at nought dominion, and rail at
9But Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he
disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing
judgment, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10But these rail at whatsoever
things they know not: and what they understand naturally, like the creatures
without reason, in these things are they destroyed.
11Woe unto them! For
they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for
hire, and perished in the gainsaying of Korah.
12These are they who are
hidden rocks in your love-feasts when they feast with you, shepherds that
without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds;
autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the
blackness of darkness hath been reserved forever.
14And to these also
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold, the Lord came with
ten thousands of his holy ones,
15to execute judgment upon all, and to
convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have
ungodly wrought, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken
16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their
lusts (and their mouth speaketh great swelling words), showing
respect of persons for the sake of advantage.
17But ye, beloved, remember
ye the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus
18That they said to you, In the last time there shall be mockers,
walking after their own ungodly lusts.
19These are they who make
separations, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20But ye, beloved, building
up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
unto eternal life.
22And on some have mercy, who are in doubt;
some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear;
hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24Now unto him that is able
to guard you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory
without blemish in exceeding joy,
25to the only God our Saviour, through
Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before
all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.