Jude

A letter for general circulation by Jude, the brother of James and half-brother of Jesus through Mary.
Likely written in Aramaic around 62-CE.

Chapter 1

1 Jude, a slave of Jesus the Anointed One and a brother of James, to those who are in God the Father (and are loved), and in Jesus the Anointed (who have been called and watched over): 2 May you grow in mercy, peace, and love.

3 Loved ones; Although I really wanted to write to you about the salvation that we hold in common, I found it necessary to write so as to encourage you to keep on struggling for the faith that the Holy Ones gave to you, 4 because some men have slipped in among you whose judgment was written about long ago. They are godless men who are turning the loving care of our God into something immoral, and they’re denying our only owner and Lord, Jesus the Anointed One.

5 Despite the fact that you already know everything, I want to remind you of this: Although Jehovah delivered our people out of the land of Egypt, He later destroyed those who didn’t show enough faith. 6 He also locked up those [heavenly] messengers who didn’t keep the position they had long ago and left the place where they lived, and He’s now keeping them in perpetual darkness where they're awaiting their judgment on the Great Day. 7 For as in Sodom and GomorRah and the cities around them, they've gone after things that are sexually immoral and they're searching for strange flesh. So they’ve been set before us as examples of those who are undergoing the penalty of age-long fire.

8 And that’s how you who are day-dreamers are indeed polluting the flesh… by not respecting those who've been put over you and by speaking disrespectfully of the Glorious Ones. 9 Indeed, when MichaEl (the Highest Messenger [of God]) had an argument with the Slanderer over the body of Moses, he didn’t dare to bring a judgement of blasphemy against him by speaking disrespectfully. All he said was, ‘May Jehovah give you what you deserve!’ 10 However, these men continue to speak disrespectfully of many things that they don’t really understand, and like senseless animals (who everyone knows [dirty themselves] naturally), are really messing on themselves [when they do] things like this.

11 So, woe to them, because they’re going the way of Cain, they’ve rushed into the wrongs of BalaAm for a reward, and they’re destroying themselves with the rebellious words of KorAh! 12 And as they feast with you at your loving [congregational] meals, they are like rocks that are hidden [below water]… fearless shepherds over just themselves… dry clouds that are blown in every direction by the wind… fruitless trees in late autumn that have died twice and been uprooted… 13 wild waves of the sea that foam shameful things on themselves… wandering stars that have been reserved for the gloom of age-long darkness. 14 For the seventh man from Adam, Enoch, prophesied this about them when he said, ‘[Look!] the Lord will arrive with tens of millions of His holy ones 15 to condemn them all and to give all the godless what they deserve for the godless things they’re doing in their worldly ways and for all the shocking things that these godless sinners have said against Him.’ 16 For these men continue to grumble and complain about how things work out as they keep on doing whatever they wish. Yes, their mouths do a lot of bragging, and they feign admiration of people for their own [evil] purposes.

17 But as for you, loved ones; Remember what you were once told by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus the Anointed18 remember that they used to say to you, ‘In the last days there will be those who speak disrespectfully as they go their own way and do godless things. 19 These are the ones who will create divisions, for they are carnal and they don’t have the Breath [of God]!’

20 However, as for you, loved ones; Build the most Holy Faith in yourselves, pray through the Holy Breath, 21 and keep yourselves in God’s love, as you’re awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One and age-long life.

22 Also, be merciful to those who are unsure… 23 save [them] by snatching [them] from the fire. However, when you're showing them mercy, also be fearful, because you must hate the dirty underwear that has been spotted by the flesh.

24 Now, to the One who is able to protect you against stumbling and who can put you free from defects and joyfully shouting aloud within the sight of His glory… 25 yes, to our only God (our Savior) and to Jesus the Anointed One (our Lord), may there be glory, majesty, might, and authority throughout all time, both now and through the ages… may it be so!

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