Jude,1 a servant of Jesus Christ2 and a brother of James, To those who have been called,3 who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:4
Mercy, peace5 and love be yours in abundance.6
Dear friends,7 although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share,8 I felt I had to write and urge you to contend9 for the faith10 that was once for all entrusted to the saints.11
For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.12 They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.13
Though you already know all this,14 I want to remind you15 that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.16
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.17
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