THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF
1:1: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother
of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved
in Jesus Christ, and called:
1:2: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
1:3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write
unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write
unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
1:4: For there are certain men crept in unawares,
who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly
men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying
the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:5: I will therefore put you in remembrance, though
ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people
out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed
1:6: And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
1:7: Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities
about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication,
and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering
the vengeance of eternal fire.
1:8: Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile
the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
1:9: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending
with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not
bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke
1:10: But these speak evil of those things which
they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts,
in those things they corrupt themselves.
1:11: Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way
of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward,
and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
1:12: These are spots in your feasts of charity,
when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds
they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit
withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
1:13: Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their
own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness
of darkness for ever.
1:14: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied
of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of
1:15: To execute judgment upon all, and to convince
all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which
they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which
ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
1:16: These are murmurers, complainers, walking
after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling
words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
1:17: But, beloved, remember ye the words which
were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18: How that they told you there should be mockers
in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
1:19: These be they who separate themselves, sensual,
having not the Spirit.
1:20: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on
your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
1:21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking
for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
1:22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:
1:23: And others save with fear, pulling them out
of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
1:24: Now unto him that is able to keep you from
falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his
glory with exceeding joy,
1:25: To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory
and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.