The General Epistle of
Contend for the faith—Some angels kept not their first estate—Michael disputed about the body of Moses—Enoch prophesied of the Second Coming—Mockers will come in the last days.
1 aJude, the bservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to awrite unto you of the common bsalvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should cearnestly dcontend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain amen crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, bungodly men, turning the grace of our God into clasciviousness, and ddenying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having asaved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward bdestroyed them that cbelieved not.
6 And the aangels which kept not their bfirst cestate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the djudgment of the great day.
7 Even as aSodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to bfornication, and going after cstrange flesh, are set forth for an dexample, suffering the evengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these afilthy dreamers bdefile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet aMichael the barchangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of cMoses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of aCain, and ran greedily after the error of bBalaam for reward, and cperished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: aclouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering astars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And aEnoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord bcometh with ten thousands of his csaints,
15 To aexecute bjudgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard cspeeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are amurmurers, complainers, walking after their own blusts; and their mouth cspeaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of dadvantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be amockers in the blast time, who should cwalk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who aseparate themselves, sensual, having not the bSpirit.
20 But ye, beloved, abuilding up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have acompassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the afire; hating even the bgarment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you afaultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.