Judas, of Jesus Christ a servant, and brother of James, to
those sanctified in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ kept -- called,
kindness to you, and peace, and love, be multiplied!
Beloved, all diligence using to write to you concerning the
common salvation, I had necessity to write to you, exhorting to agonize for the
faith once delivered to the saints,
for there did come in unobserved certain men, long ago
having been written beforehand to this judgment, impious, the grace of our God
perverting to lasciviousness, and our only Master, God, and Lord -- Jesus
Christ -- denying,
and to remind you I intend, you knowing once this, that the
Lord, a people out of the land of Egypt having saved, again those who did not
believe did destroy;
messengers also, those who did not keep their own
principality, but did leave their proper dwelling, to a judgment of a great
day, in bonds everlasting, under darkness He hath kept,
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like
manner to these, having given themselves to whoredom, and gone after other
flesh, have been set before -- an example, of fire age-during, justice suffering.
In like manner, nevertheless, those dreaming also the flesh
indeed do defile, and lordship they put away, and dignities they speak evil of,
yet Michael, the chief messenger, when, with the devil
contending, he was disputing about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring up
an evil-speaking judgment, but said, 'The Lord rebuke thee!'
and these, as many things indeed as they have not known,
they speak evil of; and as many things as naturally (as the irrational beasts)
they understand, in these they are corrupted;
wo to them! because in the way of Cain they did go on, and
to the deceit of Balaam for reward they did rush, and in the gainsaying of
Korah they did perish.
These are in your love-feasts craggy rocks; feasting
together with you, without fear shepherding themselves; clouds without water,
by winds carried about; trees autumnal, without fruit, twice dead, rooted up;
wild waves of a sea, foaming out their own shames; stars
going astray, to whom the gloom of the darkness to the age hath been kept.
And prophesy also to these did the seventh from Adam --
Enoch -- saying, 'Lo, the Lord did come in His saintly myriads,
to do judgment against all, and to convict all their impious
ones, concerning all their works of impiety that they did impiously, and
concerning all the stiff things that speak against Him did impious sinners.'
These are murmurers, repiners; according to their desires
walking, and their mouth doth speak great swellings, giving admiration to
persons for the sake of profit;
and ye, beloved, remember ye the sayings spoken before by
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
that they said to you, that in the last time there shall be
scoffers, after their own desires of impieties going on,
these are those setting themselves apart, natural men, the
Spirit not having.
And ye, beloved, on your most holy faith building yourselves
up, in the Holy Spirit praying,
yourselves in the love of God keep ye, waiting for the
kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ -- to life age-during;
and to some be kind, judging thoroughly,
and some in fear save ye, out of the fire snatching, hating
even the coat from the flesh spotted.
And to Him who is able to guard you not stumbling, and to
set you in the presence of His glory unblemished, in gladness,
to the only wise God our Saviour, is glory and
greatness, power and authority, both now and to all the ages! Amen.