1 1  Jude , a bond-servant of Jesus Christ , and brother of James , To those who are the called , beloved in God the Father , and kept for Jesus Christ : 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
Judgment on False Teachers
3 Beloved , while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation , I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints . 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed , those who were long beforehand  marked out for this condemnation , ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord , Jesus Christ . 5 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all , that the Lord , after saving a people out of the land of Egypt , subsequently destroyed those who did not believe . 6 And angels who did not keep their own domain , but abandoned their proper abode , He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day , 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh , are exhibited as an  example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire .
8 Yet in the same way these men , also by dreaming , defile the flesh , and reject authority , and revile angelic majesties . 9 But Michael the archangel , when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses , did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment , but said , " The Lord rebuke you!" 10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand ; and the things which they know by instinct , like unreasoning animals , by these things they are destroyed . 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain , and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam , and perished in the rebellion of Korah . 12 These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear , caring for themselves ; clouds without water , carried along by winds ; autumn trees without fruit , doubly dead , uprooted ; 13 wild waves of the sea , casting up their own shame like foam ; wandering stars , for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever . 14 It was also about these men that Enoch , in the seventh generation from Adam , prophesied , saying , " Behold , the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones ,
15 to execute judgment upon all , and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way , and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." 16 These are grumblers , finding fault , following after their own lusts ; they speak arrogantly , flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage .
Warnings and Exhortations
17 But you, beloved , ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ , 18 that they were saying to you, " In the last time there will be mockers , following after their own ungodly lusts ." 19 These are the ones who cause divisions ,  worldly-minded , devoid e of the Spirit . 20 But you, beloved , building yourselves up on your most holy faith , praying in the Holy Spirit , 21 keep yourselves in the love of God , waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life . 22 And have mercy on some , who are doubting ; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire ; and on some have mercy with fear , hating even the garment polluted by the flesh .
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling , and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy , 25 to the only God our Savior , through Jesus Christ our Lord , be glory , majesty , dominion and authority , before all time and now and forever . Amen .
1:1 Gr "Judas"
1:1 Or "Jacob"
1:3 Or "holy ones"
1:4 Or "written about...long ago"
1:5 Two early mss read "Jesus"
1:5 Lit "the second time"
1:7 Lit "different" or "other flesh"
1:7 Or "example of eternal fire, in undergoing punishment"
1:8 Lit "glories"
1:10 Lit "corrupted"
1:11 Lit "they have poured themselves out"
1:12 Or "stains"
1:12 Lit "twice"
1:13 Or "shameless deeds"
1:13 Lit "blackness of darkness;" or "netherworld gloom"
1:14 Lit "His holy ten thousands"
1:16 Lit "their mouth speaks"
1:19 Or "merely natural"
1:19 Lit "not having"
1:25 Lit "to all the ages"