The Epistle of
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of james, to the beloved by God the Father, and surely called in Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy to you; and may peace and love be perfected.
3 Friends, while I was making every effort to write to you in reference to our common salvation, I was impelled to write to you, urging you to strive energetically for the faith which was once for all entrusted to the holy. 4 For some impious men have crept in stealthily, who were of old prescribed for this crime, who pervert the gift of our God into profligacy, denying our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ.
Solemn Warning against Hypocritical Unbelievers.
5 I now desire to remind you, although you once knew it, that the people having been saved out of the land of Egypt, those who afterwards would not believe perished. 6 Those angels also who did not guard their own dominion, but abandoned their proper duty, He reserves in custody in the spirit land, under darkness, for a great Day of Judgment. 7 Like Sodom and Gomorrah, and their surrounding towns—who in the same way gave themselves up to prostitution, going after foul sensuality—are placed as a warning, committed to a punishment of perpetual fire. 8 In the same way, most certainly, these dreamers also corrupt the body; they despise government; they libel authorities. 9 But the archangel Michael, in his encounter with the Devil, when he judicially argued respecting the body of Moses, dared not indulge in an abusive defence; but simply said, "The Lord reprove you." 10 These, however, sneer at whatever they are not acquainted with; but in whatever they physically understand, like irrational animals, in these they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe to them! because they have marched the way of Cain, and with error they have rushed for the wages of Balaam, and shall perish in the revolt of Korah. 12 These, when they associate with you in your love-feasts are offences, gorging themselves without reverence; rainless clouds, tossed about by the winds; fruitless, autumn-withering trees, twice felled, uprooted; 13 wild raging sea-waves, foaming out their own disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness is reserved for ever.
14 Respecting these, indeed, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also foretold, saying: "Behold, a Master will come with His holy myriads, 15 to execute judgment upon all; and He will convict all the impious of their impious actions of which they have been notoriously guilty, and for all the perversities which impious sinners have uttered against Him." 16 These are inveterate fault-finders, proceeding in accordance with their own inordinate desires; their mouth is full of arrogance; they are flattering admirers for the sake of gain.
17 But you, friends, remember the instructions which were previously uttered by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 how they told you that in the latter time scoffers should appear, seeking after their own impious passions. 19 These are the agitators—sensual, not possessed of a soul. 20 But you, friends, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying with a holy spirit, 21 guard yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ in life eternal. 22 Some indeed pity, with fear; some indeed reprove—making a difference; 23 but pitying, save from the fire; hating even the clothing which has been polluted with sensuality.
24 Now to Him Who is able to guard you from stumbling, and to support you blameless before the presence of His majesty with exquisite delight, 25 to the only God our Saviour, honour, majesty, dominion, and might, before all time, now, and throughout all the ages, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(This letter was written in Palestine probably about the year 65 or 66 A.D. The Apostle Peter evidently had either read it, or had a copy before him when penning his own second Letter.)