The Epistle of Jude, the Brother of James
܀ ܐܓܪܬܐ ܕܝܗܘܕܐ ܀
1 JUDE, a servant of Jesus the Messiah, and the brother of James, to the called people, the beloved of God the Father, the preserved by Jesus the Messiah :
2 Mercy and peace in love, be multiplied to you.
3 My beloved, while I take all pains to write to you of our common life, it is needful for me to write to you, exhorting you to maintain a conflict for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
4 For some have obtained entrance, who from the beginning were registered beforehand under this condemnation:
wicked men, who pervert the grace of God to impurity, and deny him who is the only Lord God and our Lord, Jesus the Messiah.
5 And I wish to remind you, though ye all know it, that God, after once rescuing the people from Egypt, again destroyed them who believed not.
6 And the angels that kept not their primacy, but left their station, he hath reserved in chains unknown, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.
7 As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities, which in like manner followed whoredom and went after strange flesh, are placed beneath everlasting fire, being, doomed to judgment.
8 In the same manner, too, these sensual dreamers defile the flesh and despise authority, and revile excellency.
9 But Michael the archangel, who, in debate with the Accuser, contended about the body of Moses, did not venture to bring against him a reviling declaration;
but said, The Lord will rebuke thee.
10 But these [men] revile things which they do not understand;
and in the things of which they have a natural persuasion as animal beings, in these they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe to them;
for they have gone in the way of Cain;
and, after the error of Balaam, they have lusted for gain;
and, in the rebellion of Korah, they have perished.
12 These are they who, in their feastings, riot while polluting themselves, feeding themselves without fear;
clouds without rain, moved about by the winds; trees whose fruit hath failed, and they are without fruit, twice dead, and uplifted from their root;
13 raging waves of the sea, which, by their foam, manifest their confusion;
shootingstars, for which is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And of them also prophesied Enoch, who was the seventh from Adam, when he said:
Behold, the Lord cometh, with myriads of his saints;
15 to execute judgment upon all; and to convict all the wicked, because of all the deeds they have wickedly committed; and because of all the hard speeches, which they, ungodly sinners, have uttered.
16 These are they who murmur and complain of every thing, while they walk according to their lusts;
and their mouth speaketh shocking things;
and they flatter people, for the sake of gain.
17 But do ye, my beloved, remember the words which were before spoken by the legates of our Lord Jesus the Messiah;
18 because they told you, that in the end of the times there would be scoffers, going after wickedness, according to their lusts.
19 These are they that separate [themselves], sensual persons, not having the Spirit.
20 But, my beloved, be ye built up anew, in your holy faith, through the Holy Spirit, while ye pray.
21 And let us keep ourselves in the love of God, while we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus the Messiah unto our eternal life.
22 And some of them, snatch ye from the fire.
23 And when they repent, have compassion on them, with fear, hating even the tunic that is defiled by the flesh.
24 And to him who is able to preserve you faultless, and spotless, and to establish you without a blemish,
25 before his majesty, with joy, [namely,] the only God, our Deliverer, by means of Jesus the Messiah our Lord, be praise, and dominion, and honor, and majesty, both now and in all ages.
End of the Epistle of Jude the Legate, the brother of James and Joses.