Jude 1 (Today's New International Version)

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1 Jude,1 a servant of Jesus Christ2 and a brother of James, To those who have been called,3 who are loved in God the Father and kept fora Jesus Christ:4 2 Mercy, peace5 and love be yours in abundance.6

The Sin and Doom of Ungodly People

3 Dear friends,7 although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share,8 I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend9 for the faith10 that the Lord has once for all entrusted to us, his people.11 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written aboutb long ago have secretly slipped in among you.12 They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.13 5 Though you already know all this,14 I want to remind you15 that the Lordc at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.16 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.17 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah18 and the surrounding towns19 gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.20 8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.21 9 But even the archangel22 Michael,23 when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses,24 did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"d25 10 Yet these people 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.26 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain;27 they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error;28 they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.29 12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts,30 eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves.31 They are clouds without rain,32 blown along by the wind;33 autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted34--twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea,35 foaming up their shame;36 wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.37 14 Enoch,38 the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: "See, the Lord is coming39 with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones40 15 to judge41 everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him."e42 16 These people are grumblers43 and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires;44 they boast45 about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles46 of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.47 18 They said to you, "In the last times48 there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires."49 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.50 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up51 in your most holy faith52 and praying in the Holy Spirit,53 21 keep yourselves in God's love as you wait54 for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.55 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire;56 to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.f57

Doxology

24 To him who is able58 to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence59 without fault60 and with great joy-- 25 to the only God61 our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!62 Amen.63
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