Bible: Jude 8-10

Salutation

1:1 From Jude, 1  a slave 2  of Jesus Christ and brother of James, 3  to those who are called, wrapped in the love of 4  God the Father and kept for 5  Jesus Christ. 1:2 May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you! 6 

Condemnation of the False Teachers

1:3 Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you 7  about our common salvation, I now feel compelled 8  instead to write to encourage 9  you to contend earnestly 10  for the faith 11  that was once for all 12  entrusted to the saints. 13  1:4 For certain men 14  have secretly slipped in among you 15  – men who long ago 16  were marked out 17  for the condemnation I am about to describe 18  – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil 19  and who deny our only Master 20  and Lord, 21  Jesus Christ.

1:5 Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts 22  once for all 23 ) that Jesus, 24  having saved the 25  people out of the land of Egypt, later 26  destroyed those who did not believe. 1:6 You also know that 27  the angels who did not keep within their proper domain 28  but abandoned their own place of residence, he has kept 29  in eternal chains 30  in utter 31  darkness, locked up 32  for the judgment of the great Day. 1:7 So also 33  Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, 34  since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire 35  in a way similar to 36  these angels, 37  are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.

1:8 Yet these men, 38  as a result of their dreams, 39  defile the flesh, reject authority, 40  and insult 41  the glorious ones. 42  1:9 But even 43  when Michael the archangel 44  was arguing with the devil and debating with him 45  concerning Mosesbody, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you! 1:10 But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. 46  1:11 Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, 47  and because of greed 48  have abandoned themselves 49  to 50  Balaam’s error; hence, 51  they will certainly perish 52  in Korah’s rebellion. 1:12 These men are 53  dangerous reefs 54  at your love feasts, 55  feasting without reverence, 56  feeding only themselves. 57  They are 58  waterless 59  clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit 60 twice dead, 61  uprooted; 1:13 wild sea waves, 62  spewing out the foam of 63  their shame; 64  wayward stars 65  for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness 66  have been reserved.

1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, 67  even prophesied of them, 68  saying, “Look! The Lord is coming 69  with thousands and thousands 70  of his holy ones, 1:15 to execute judgment on 71  all, and to convict every person 72  of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds 73  that they have committed, 74  and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 75  1:16 These people are grumblers and 76  fault-finders who go 77  wherever their desires lead them, 78  and they give bombastic speeches, 79  enchanting folks 80  for their own gain. 81 

Exhortation to the Faithful

1:17 But you, dear friends – recall the predictions 82  foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 83  1:18 For they said to you, “In the end time there will come 84  scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.” 85  1:19 These people are divisive, 86  worldly, 87  devoid of the Spirit. 88  1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, 89  1:21 maintain 90  yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating 91  the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life. 92  1:22 And have mercy on those who waver; 1:23 save 93  others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy 94  on others, coupled with a fear of God, 95  hating even the clothes stained 96  by the flesh. 97 

Final Blessing

1:24 Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, 98  and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, 99  without blemish 100  before his glorious presence, 101  1:25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.

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