He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them;
and to beware of heretics.
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James: to them that
are beloved in God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.
2 Mercy unto you, and peace and charity be fulfilled.
3 Dearly beloved, taking all care to write to you concerning your common
salvation, I was under a necessity to write to you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the
4 For there have crept in some men, (who were written of long ago unto
this judgment) impious men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our
Lord Jesus Christ.
5 But I will admonish you, that once knew all these things, that Jesus,
having saved the people out of the land of Egypt: *did afterwards destroy those, who believed not:
6 And the angels, who kept not their principality, but forsook their own
habitation, *he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.
7 As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner having
given themselves over to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal
8 In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion,
and blaspheme majesty.
9 *When Michael, the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about
the body of Moses, he durst not bring a judgment of blasphemy: but said: The Lord command thee.
10 But these men blaspheme whatsoever things they know not: and what things
soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are corrupted.
11 Wo to them, for they have gone in the way of *Cain: and have poured
out themselves after the **error of Balaam for a reward, ***and have perished in the contradiction of Core:
12 These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding
themselves, *clouds without water which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead plucked up
by the roots,
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion, wandering
stars: to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever.
14 Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying:
*Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to reprove all the impious for all
the works of their impiety, whereby they have done impiously, and of all the hard things which impious sinners have spoken
16 These are murmurers full of complaints, walking according to their own
desires, *and their mouth speaketh proud things, admiring persons for gain's sake.
17 But you, dearly beloved, be mindful of the words, *which have been spoken
before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
18 Who told you, that in the last time there should come mockers, walking
according to their own desires in impieties.
19 These are they, who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the
20 But you, dearly beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord
Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.
22 And some indeed reprove, being judged.
23 But others save, snatching them out of the fire. And on others
have compassion, in fear: hating also the spotted garment, which is carnal.
24 Now to him, who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present
you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
25 To the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory
and magnificence, dominion and power before all ages, both now and for ever and ever. Amen.
5: Numbers xiv. 37.
6: 2 Peter ii. 4.; Genesis xix. 20.
9: Zacharias iii. 2.
11: Genesis iv. 8. --- ** Numbers xxii. 23. --- *** Numbers xvi. 32.
12: 2 Peter ii. 17.
14: Apocalypse i. 7.
16: Psalm xvi. 10.
17: 1 Timothy iv. 2.; 2 Timothy iii. 1.; 2 Peter iii. 3.