1This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.G2455G1401G2424G5547G1161G80G2385G37G1722G2316G3962G2532G5083G2424G5547G2822 2May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.G1656G5213G2532G1515G2532G26G4129 3Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.G27G4160G3956G4710G1125G5213G4012G2839G4991G2192G318G2192G1125G5213G3870G1864G4102G530G3860G40 4I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.G1063G5100G444G3921G3588G4270G3819G4270G1519G5124G2917G765G3346G5485G2257G2316G1519G766G2532G720G3441G1203G2316G2532G2257G2962G2424G5547 5So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.G1014G1161G5279G5209G5279G5209G530G1492G5124G3754G2962G4982G2992G1537G1093G125G1208G622G4100G3361 6And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.G5037G32G5083G3361G1438G746G235G620G2398G3613G5083G126G1199G5259G2217G1519G2920G3173G2250 7And don't forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God's judgment.G5613G4670G2532G1116G2532G4172G4012G846G3664G5125G5158G1608G2532G565G3694G2087G4561G4295G1164G5254G1349G166G4442 8In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.G3668G3305G2532G3778G1797G3392G3303G4561G1161G114G2963G1161G987G1391 9But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses' body.)G1161G3413G743G3753G1252G1228G1256G4012G4983G3475G5111G3756G2018G988G2920G235G2036G2962G2008G4671 10But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.G1161G3778G987G3745G3303G1492G3756G1161G3745G1987G5447G5613G249G2226G1722G5125G5351 11What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion.G3759G846G3754G4198G3598G2535G2532G1632G4106G903G3408G2532G622G485G2879 12When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord's love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.G3778G1526G4694G1722G5216G26G4910G5213G4165G1438G870G3507G504G4064G5259G417G1186G5352G175G1364G599G1610 13They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.G66G2949G2281G1890G1438G152G4107G792G3739G5083G2217G4655G1519G165 14Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, "Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy onesG1161G1802G2532G1442G575G76G4395G5125G3004G2400G2962G2064G1722G3461G846G40 15to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him."G4160G2920G2596G3956G2532G1827G3956G765G846G4012G3956G846G763G2041G3739G764G2532G4012G3956G4642G3739G765G268G2980G2596G846 16These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.G3778G1526G1113G3202G4198G2596G846G1939G2532G846G4750G2980G5246G4383G2296G5484G5622 17But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said.G1161G27G3415G5210G4487G3588G4280G5259G652G2257G2962G2424G5547 18They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.G3754G3754G3004G5213G2071G1703G1722G2078G5550G4198G2596G1438G763G1939 19These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God's Spirit in them.G3778G1526G592G1438G5591G2192G3361G4151 20But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,G1161G5210G27G2026G1438G5216G40G4102G4336G1722G40G4151 21and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love.G5083G1438G1722G26G2316G4327G1656G2257G2962G2424G5547G1519G166G2222 22And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.G2532G3303G3739G1653G1252 23Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.G1161G3739G4982G1722G5401G726G1537G4442G3404G2532G5509G4695G575G4561 24Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.G1161G1410G5442G5209G846G679G2532G2476G299G2714G846G1391G1722G20 25All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.G3441G4680G2316G2257G4990G1391G2532G3172G2904G2532G1849G2532G3568G2532G1519G3956G165G281
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