1 JUDAS, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the beloved in God the Father, and the called who are kept by Jesus Christ.
3 Beloved, giving all diligence to write to you concerning the common salvation, I was under a necessity to write and exhort you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. 4 For some men have come in by deception, who were of old appointed to this judgment, impious, changing the grace of our God into lewdness, and denying our only master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 But I wish to remind you, though you once knew all, that the Lord having saved his people from Egypt, afterwards destroyed those that believed not, 6 and the angels who kept not their own province, but left their habitation, he has kept under darkness in eternal chains, for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them, committing fornication in the same manner as these and going after unnatural lewdness, are made an example, enduring the punishment of eternal fire.
8 In like manner also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject government, and blaspheme glories. 9 But Michael the arch-angel, when disputing with the devil he reasoned about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a charge of blasphemy, but said, The Lord rebuke you. 10 But these blaspheme what they do not understand, and what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them; for they have gone in the way of Cain, and rushed into the error of Balaam for a reward, and perished in the contradiction of Korah.
12 These are breakers at your love-feasts, feasting with you without fear, feeding themselves, clouds without water driven about by winds, autumnal trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, 13 wild waves of the sea foaming with their own shame, wandering stars to which is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of them, saying, Behold, the Lord came with ten thousand of his saints 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the wicked among them of all the deeds of impiety which they have impiously committed, and of all the hard speeches which impious sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are complainers, censorious, walking after their inordinate desires, and their mouth speaks proud words, showing admiration of persons for the sake of gain.
17 But do you, beloved, remember the words spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they said to you, That in the last time there shall be scoffers, walking in their own impious desires. 19 These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, pray with the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And reprove some, separatists, 23 and some save, plucking them from the fire, but have mercy on others with fear, hating even the garment that is defiled by the flesh.