1 Jude, Jesus Christ’s servant, and brother of James unto the called by God the Father beloved, and by Jesus Christ preserved,—
2 Mercy to you and peace and love, be multiplied!
3 Beloved! though I was using all diligence to be writing unto you concerning our common salvation yet have I had necessity to write at once unto you exhorting you to be earnestly contending for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints.
4 For there have crept in unobserved certain men who from of old have been publicly notified for this sentence, ungodly men, the favour of our God turning into wantonness, and our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ denying.
5 I am minded therefore to put you in remembrance,—though ye know all things once for all That the Lord when a people out of Egypt he had saved in the next place them that believed not destroyed.
6 Messengers also even them who had not kept their own principality but had forsaken their proper dwelling unto the judgment of the great day in perpetual bonds under thick gloom hath he reserved.
7 As Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them having in like manner to these given themselves over to fornication and gone away after other kind of flesh lie exposed as an example, a penalty of age-abiding fire undergoing.
8 In like manner nevertheless even these in their dreamings flesh indeed defile, while lordship they set aside and dignities they defame.
9 Whereas Michael the chief-messenger when with the adversary disputing he was reasoning about the body of Moses durst not impose on him a defamatory sentence, but said—The Lord rebuke thee!
10 But these whatsoever things indeed they know not they defame; but whatsoever things naturally like the irrational creatures they well understand by these are they bringing themselves to ruin.
11 Alas for them! because—In the way of Cain have they gone And in the error of Balaam’s wage have they run riot, And in the gainsaying of Korah have they perished.
12 These are they—Who in your love-feasts are hidden rocks as they fare sumptuously together, Fearlessly themselves shepherding,—Clouds without water by winds swept along, Trees autumnal, fruitless, twice dead, uprooted,
13 Wild waves of sea, foaming out their own infamies, Wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness age-abiding hath been reserved.
14 But the seventh from Adam, Enoch prophesied even of these, saying—Lo! the Lord hath come with his holy myriads,—
15 To execute judgment against all, And to convict all the ungodly—Of all their works of ungodliness which they committed in ungodliness, And of all the hard things which they have spoken against him—sinners, ungodly!
16 These are murmurers, complainers, according to their covetings going on,—and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,—holding persons in admiration for profit’s sake.
17 But ye beloved! remember the things which were foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
18 how that they used to say to you—In the last time there shall be mockers,—according to their own ungodly covetings going on.
19 These are they who make complete separation, mere men of soul, Spirit not possessing.
20 But ye beloved! Building yourselves up in your most holy faith, In Holy Spirit praying
21 Yourselves in God’s love keep,—Awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto age-abiding life.
22 And on some indeed have mercy,—such as are in doubt be saving, out of the fire snatching them;
23 But on others have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him who is able—To guard you from stumbling And to set you in the presence of his glory without blemish, with exultation,—
25 Unto God alone our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord Be glory, greatness, dominion and authority, Before all the [by-gone] age And now And unto all the [coming] ages. Amen!