The Letter of



11Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, who have been loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

2May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

False Teachers
(II Peter 2:1-17)

3Beloved, although I was giving all diligence to be writing you about our common salvation, I felt a necessity to write to you exhorting [you] to keep contending for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4For certain men have sneaked in who long ago had been previously written about for this condemnation, impious [persons] who change the grace of our God into unrestrained sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.1

5Now I want to remind you, although you know all [this], that the Lord2 who once saved3 a people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards4 destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels that did not keep their rulership but left their own dwelling, he has kept in everlasting imprisonment under gloom until the judgment of the great day; 7[just] as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, which in the same way as these indulged in fornication and went after other kinds of flesh, are exhibited as an example by undergoing a penalty of eternal fire.

8Yet likewise these [people] also in [their] dreamings pollute the flesh and reject lordship and slander the glorious ones. 9But when Michael the archangel, quarreling with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not dare bring a slanderous judgment [against him], but said, "The Lord rebuke you." 10But these [people] slander whatever they do not understand, and whatever they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they perish. 11Woe to them, because they have walked in the way of Cain, and

1Or, the only Master and our Lord Jesus Christ
2Other ancient authorities read Jesus or God
3Other ancient authorities read all [this] once and for all, that Jesus who saved
4Lit., the second time


abandoned [themselves] to the error of Balaam for wages, and been destroyed in the rebellion of Korah! 12These are [hidden] reefs5 in your love feasts, as they feast with [you] without fear, shepherding [only] themselves; waterless clouds, carried along by winds; unfruitful trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameful deeds; wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.

14And Enoch also, [in] the seventh [generation] from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his saints,6 15to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the impious of all their works of impiety which they have done in an impious way, and of all the harsh things which impious sinners have spoken against him."7 16These are grumblers, faultfinders, walking in accordance with their [own] desires, and their mouth speaks swollen [words], flattering people8 for the sake of advantage.

Warnings and Exhortations
(II Peter 3:2-3)

17But you, beloved, must remember the words previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18that they kept saying to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, walking in accordance with impious desires." 19These are the ones who cause [church] splits, [who show an] animal [nature],9 not having the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [leading] to eternal life. 22And on some have mercy,10 who doubt; 23and some11 save, by snatching [them] out of the fire; and on some have mercy12 with fear, hating even the tunic spotted by the flesh.

5Or, spots
6Or, holy ones (that is, angels)
7Enoch 1:9
8Lit., marveling at faces
9Lit., soulish
10Other ancient authorities read convince some
11Other ancient authorities omit and some
12Other ancient authorities omit and on some have mercy



24Now to the One who is able to keep you from tripping and to present [you] without blemish before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, [be] glory, majesty, might, and authority, before all ages and now and for all ages. Amen.
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