Dear friends,1 although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share,2 I felt I had to write and urge you to contend3 for the faith4 that was once for all entrusted to the saints.5
For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.6 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.7
Though you already know all this,8 I want to remind you9 that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.10
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.11
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah12 and the surrounding towns13 gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.14
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