Dear friends,1 although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share,2 I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend3 for the faith4 that the Lord has once for all entrusted to us, his people.5
For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.6 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.7
Though you already know all this,8 I want to remind you9 that the Lord at one time 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 proper dwelling--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
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.15
But even the archangel16 Michael,17 when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses,18 did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"19
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.20
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain;21 they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error;22 they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.23
These people are blemishes at your love feasts,24 eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves.25 They are clouds without rain,26 blown along by the wind;27 autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted28--twice dead.
They are wild waves of the sea,29 foaming up their shame;30 wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.31
Enoch,32 the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: "See, the Lord is coming33 with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones34
to judge35 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."36
These people are grumblers37 and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires;38 they boast39 about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.