1From Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
to those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.
2May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you!
[16–23 Response to Problem] 3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
[5–15 The Problem] 4For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into license for evil and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
7as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8In the same way these people, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh,
and speak evil of angels
9Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
[Cain: the shameful wanderer] 11Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain,
[Balaam: to profit themselves] have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit,
[Korah: a traitor & power seeker in the body] and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
[Korah: a traitor & power seeker in the body] 12These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves.
[Balaam: no profit to others] They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
[Cain: the shameful wanderer] 13raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, 15”to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
16These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own desires; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
17But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly desires.
19These are those who cause divisions, sensual persons, not having the Spirit.
20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
(Andrew Fountain 2017-08-11)