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The Epistle of Jude

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            1Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To the called [ones], having been sanctified by God the Father and having been kept in Jesus Christ. 2May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you*!

            3Beloved, making all diligence [or, while I was making every effort] to be writing to you* concerning the common salvation, I had necessity to write to you* urging [you*] to be contending earnestly for the faith [or, the essential doctrines] having been handed down once for all time to the holy ones [or, saints]. 4For certain people wormed their way in, the ones having been marked out long ago for this judgment, godless [people], perverting the grace of our God into flagrant sexual immorality and denying our only Master, God, and Lord--Jesus Christ [or, the only Master God and our Lord Jesus Christ].

            5But I want to remind you*, you* knowing this once and for all, that the Lord having saved [or, delivered] a people out of [the] land of Egypt, afterward destroyed the ones not having believed. [see Exod 12:51; Numb 14:27-32] 6And angels [or, messengers [of the Lord]], the ones not having kept their own domain, but having left their own habitation, He has kept under darkness in everlasting chains for [the] judgment of [the] great Day. 7Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, in a similar manner to these [angels], having indulged in sexual sin [or, fornication] and having gone after different flesh [fig., having engaged in homosexual sex], are exhibited [as] an example of suffering [the] divine justice of eternal fire. [see Gen 19:4,5,24,25]

            8Likewise indeed even these dreaming ones defile [the] flesh and regard authority as nothing [or, reject authority], blaspheme glories [fig., angelic beings]. 9But Michael the archangel [or, chief messenger [of the Lord]], when contending with the Devil, he was arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but he said, “May [the] Lord rebuke you!” [i.e., a scene from the apocryphal book The Assumption of Moses, ca. early 1st century A.D.]

        10But these indeed slander as many [things] as they do not know [or, understand] [cp. 1Tim 1:7; 2Peter 2:12], but as many [things] as they understand by natural instinct (like the irrational animals), by these they are destroyed [or, corrupted].

        11How horrible it will be to them! Because they traveled in [fig., followed] the way of Cain, and for pay they plunged into the deception of Balaam, and they perished in the rebellion of Korah. [see Gen 4:3-8; Numb 31:16; 16:1-3,31-35]

        12These are hidden rocks in the sea [fig., hidden dangers] in your* love-feasts [fig., fellowship meals], feasting together without fear, shepherding [fig., caring only for] themselves, clouds without water, being carried along by winds, late autumn [i.e., harvest season] trees without fruit, twice having died, having been uprooted, 13wild waves of [the] sea, splashing up their own shames like foam, wandering stars [fig., planets out of their orbits], for whom the thick gloom of the darkness [fig., the gloomy hell] has been reserved into [the] age [fig., forever].

            14Now Enoch, [in] the seventh [generation] from Adam [see Gen 5:18-24], also prophesied about these [people], saying, “Look! [The] Lord came with countless thousands of His holy ones, 15to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly ones among them concerning all their ungodly deeds which they committed in an impious way, and concerning all the harsh [words] which sinful, ungodly [persons] spoke against Him.” [i.e., a quote from the pseudepigraphical Book of Enoch, ca. 160s B.C.] 16These are grumblers, complainers, going [fig., living] according to their lusts, and their mouth speaks swollen [fig., pompous] [words], admiring faces [fig., flattering people] for the sake of [gaining] an advantage.

            17But you*, beloved, remember the words, the ones having been spoken previously by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18that they were saying to you*, that in [the] last time there will be scoffers, going [fig., living] according to their own ungodly lusts. 19These are the ones causing divisions, worldly, not having [the] Spirit.  [cp. Matt 24:23-25; 1Tim 4:1-3; 2Tim 3:1-9; 2Peter 2:1-3]

            20But you*, beloved, building yourselves up in your* most holy faith, praying in [the] Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in [the] love of God, waiting for [or, expecting] the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22And be having mercy on some, making a distinction [between persons], 23but others be saving with fear, snatching [them] out of a fire, hating even the tunic [or, garment] having been polluted [or, defiled] by the flesh.

            24Now to the One being able to keep them from stumbling and to make [you*] stand in the presence of His glory unblemished [or, blameless], with great happiness-- 25to [the] only wise God our Savior, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and authority, both now and to all the ages! [fig., forevermore!] So be it!  

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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