3 Beloved ones,+ though I was making every effort to write YOU about the salvation we hold in common,+ I found it necessary to write YOU to exhort* YOU to put up a hard fight* for the faith+ that was once for all time delivered to the holy ones.+ 4 My reason is that certain men have slipped in+ who have long ago been appointed+ by the Scriptures to this judgment,+ ungodly men,*+ turning the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for loose conduct*+ and proving false+ to our only Owner+ and Lord,+ Jesus Christ.
5 I desire to remind YOU, despite YOUR knowing all things+ once for all time, that Jehovah,* although he saved a people out of the land of Egypt,+ afterwards destroyed those not showing faith.+ 6 And the angels that did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place+ he has reserved with eternal bonds+ under dense darkness for the judgment of the great day.+ 7 So too Sod′om and Go·mor′rah and the cities about them,+ after they in the same manner as the foregoing ones had committed fornication excessively and gone out after flesh for unnatural use,+ are placed before [us] as a [warning] example+ by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire.+
8 In like manner, notwithstanding, these men, too, indulging in dreams,+ are defiling the flesh and disregarding lordship+ and speaking abusively* of glorious ones.*+ 9 But when Mi′cha·el+ the archangel+ had a difference*+ with the Devil and was disputing* about Moses’ body,+ he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms,+ but said: “May Jehovah* rebuke you.”+ 10 Yet these [men] are speaking abusively of all the things they really do not know;+ but all the things that they do understand naturally like the unreasoning animals,+ in these things they go on corrupting+ themselves.
11 Too bad for them, because they have gone in the path of Cain,+ and have rushed into the erroneous course of Ba′laam+ for reward, and have perished in the rebellious talk+ of Ko′rah!+ 12 These are the rocks hidden below water in YOUR love feasts+ while they feast with YOU, shepherds that feed themselves without fear;+ waterless clouds carried this way+ and that by winds;+ trees in late autumn, [but] fruitless, having died twice, having been uprooted;+ 13 wild waves of the sea that foam up their own causes for shame;+ stars with no set course, for which the blackness of darkness stands reserved forever.+
14 Yes, the seventh one [in line] from Adam, E′noch,+ prophesied also regarding them, when he said: “Look! Jehovah* came with his holy myriads,*+ 15 to execute judgment against all,+ and to convict all the ungodly concerning all their ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.”+
16 These men are murmurers,+ complainers about their lot in life,* proceeding according to their own desires,+ and their mouths speak swelling things,+ while they are admiring personalities*+ for the sake of [their own] benefit.
17 As for YOU, beloved ones, call to mind the sayings that have been previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,+ 18 how they used to say to YOU: “In the last time there will be ridiculers,* proceeding according to their own desires for ungodly things.”+ 19 These are the ones that make separations,*+ animalistic [men],*+ not having spirituality.*+ 20 But YOU, beloved ones, by building up yourselves+ on YOUR most holy faith,+ and praying with holy spirit,+ 21 keep yourselves in God’s love,+ while YOU are waiting for the mercy+ of our Lord Jesus Christ with everlasting life in view.+ 22 Also, continue showing mercy+ to some that have doubts;+ 23 save [them]+ by snatching [them] out of the fire.+ But continue showing mercy to others, doing so with fear, while YOU hate even the inner garment that has been stained by the flesh.+
24 Now to the one who is able to guard+ YOU from stumbling* and to set YOU unblemished+ in the sight of his glory* with great joy, 25 to [the] only God our Savior*+ through Jesus Christ+ our Lord, be glory,+ majesty, might+ and authority+ for all past eternity*+ and now and into all eternity.+ Amen.+