Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals--these are the very things that destroy them.1
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain;2 they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error;3 they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.4
These men are blemishes at your love feasts,5 eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves.6 They are clouds without rain,7 blown along by the wind;8 autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted9--twice dead.
They are wild waves of the sea,10 foaming up their shame;11 wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.12
Enoch,13 the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming14 with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones15
to judge16 everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him."17
These men are grumblers18 and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires;19 they boast20 about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles21 of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.22
They said to you, "In the last times23 there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires."24
These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.25
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up26 in your most holy faith27 and pray in the Holy Spirit.28
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