Amplified Bible


The Warnings of History to the Ungodly

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and [a]brother of [b]James, [writes this letter],

To those who are the called (God’s chosen ones, the elect), dearly loved by God the Father, and kept [secure and set apart] for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you [filling your heart with the spiritual well-being and serenity experienced by those who walk closely with God].

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I was compelled to write to you [urgently] appealing that you [c]fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith which was once for all [d]handed down to the saints [the faith that is the sum of Christian belief that was given verbally to believers]. For certain people have crept in unnoticed [just as if they were sneaking in by a side door]. They are ungodly persons whose condemnation was predicted long ago, for they distort the grace of our God into decadence and immoral freedom [viewing it as an opportunity to do whatever they want], and deny and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Now I want to remind you, although you are fully informed once for all, that [e]the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe [who refused to trust and obey and rely on Him]. And angels who did not keep their own designated place of power, but abandoned their proper dwelling place, [these] He has kept in eternal chains under [the thick gloom of utter] darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent cities, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in gross immoral freedom and unnatural vice and sensual perversity. They are exhibited [in plain sight] as an example in undergoing the punishment of everlasting fire.

Nevertheless in the same way, these dreamers [who are dreaming that God will not punish them] also defile the body, and reject [legitimate] authority, and revile and mock angelic majesties. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil (Satan), and [f]arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these men sneer at anything which they do not understand; and whatever they do know by [mere] instinct, like unreasoning and irrational beasts—by these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the [defiant] way of Cain, and for profit they have run headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of [mutinous] Korah. 12 These men are hidden reefs [elements of great danger to others] in your [g]love feasts when they feast together with you without fear, looking after [only] themselves; [they are like] clouds without water, swept along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted and lifeless; 13 wild waves of the sea, flinging up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of deep darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was about these people that [h]Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, when he said, “Look, the Lord came with [i]myriads of His holy ones 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the [j]ungodly of all the ungodly deeds they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh and cruel things ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These people are [habitual] murmurers, griping and complaining, following after their own desires [controlled by passion]; they speak arrogantly, [pretending admiration and] flattering people to gain an advantage.

Keep Yourselves in the Love of God

17 But as for you, beloved, remember the [prophetic] words spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They used to say to you, “In the last days there will be scoffers, following after their own ungodly passions.” 19 These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions—worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual—unsaved], devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit, 21 and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy but with fear, loathing even the clothing spotted and polluted by their shameless immoral freedom.

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Notas al pie

  1. Jude 1:1 Jude and James were among the younger half brothers of Jesus (Mark 6:3).
  2. Jude 1:1 James was a prominent leader in the early church (Acts 15).
  3. Jude 1:3 Lit contend earnestly.
  4. Jude 1:3 There is no “secret knowledge” or “better way” or alternative belief system which God has revealed to some unique group or teacher. The truth is available to everyone.
  5. Jude 1:5 Two early mss read Jesus.
  6. Jude 1:9 In Jewish tradition, Michael claimed to be Moses’ teacher and was present when God put Moses to death (Midrash on Deut 11:10). Jude’s point is that if the archangel Michael had such respect for Satan’s power, then mere humans are extremely foolish to insult or show disrespect to angelic beings. This does not mean that true Christians cannot or should not engage in spiritual warfare with satanic forces; quite the contrary (Eph 6:12; James 4:7). But they should follow Michael’s example and act only as legitimate representatives of Christ who are in good standing with Him.
  7. Jude 1:12 The early church frequently met together for a communal meal followed by the Lord’s Supper.
  8. Jude 1:14 The descendant of Seth (Gen 5:18-24).
  9. Jude 1:14 A Greek word meaning “ten thousand” in the singular. It is often used to refer to vast numbers of people or things that are virtually beyond counting.
  10. Jude 1:15 The purpose of the repetition is to emphasize the punishment determined for the false teachers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)





亲爱的弟兄姊妹,我一直迫切地想写信跟你们谈谈我们所共享的救恩,但现在我觉得有必要写信劝勉你们竭力护卫一次就完整地交给圣徒的真道。 因为有些不敬虔的人偷偷地混进你们中间,以上帝的恩典作借口,放纵情欲,否认独一的主宰——我们的主耶稣基督。圣经上早已记载,这样的人必受到审判。


以下的事情,你们虽然都知道,但我还要再提醒你们:从前上帝[a]把祂的子民从埃及救出来,后来把其中不信的人灭绝了。 至于不守本分、擅离岗位的天使,上帝也用锁链将他们永远囚禁在幽暗里,等候最后审判的大日子到来。 此外,所多玛、蛾摩拉及其附近城镇的人同样因为荒淫无度、沉溺于变态的情欲而遭到永火的刑罚。这些事都成为我们的警戒。


同样,这些做梦的人玷污自己的身体,不服权柄,亵渎有尊荣的。 当天使长米迦勒为摩西的尸体跟魔鬼争辩的时候,尚且不敢用毁谤的话谴责它,只说:“愿主责罚你!” 10 这些人却毁谤自己不明白的事,像没有理性的野兽一样凭本能行事,结果自取灭亡。 11 他们大祸临头了!他们步了该隐的后尘,为谋利而重蹈巴兰的谬误,又像可拉一样因叛逆而灭亡。 12 这些人在你们的爱宴中是败类[b]。他们肆无忌惮地吃喝,是只顾喂养自己的牧人;是没有雨的云,随风飘荡;是深秋不结果子的树,被连根拔起,彻底枯死。 13 他们是海中的狂涛,翻动着自己可耻的泡沫,是流荡的星星,有幽幽黑暗永远留给他们。

14 亚当的第七代子孙以诺曾经针对这些人说预言:“看啊!主率领祂千万的圣者一同降临, 15 要审判所有的人,按不虔不敬的罪人所行的恶事和他们亵渎上帝的话定他们的罪。” 16 这些人满腹牢骚,怨天尤人,放纵自己的邪情私欲。他们口出狂言,为了谋利而阿谀奉承他人。


17 亲爱的弟兄姊妹,要谨记主耶稣基督的使徒从前给你们的警告。 18 他们曾对你们说:“末世的时候,必定有不敬虔、好讥笑的人放纵自己的邪情私欲。” 19 这些人制造分裂,血气用事,心中没有圣灵。

20 亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你们要在至圣的真道上造就自己,在圣灵的引导下祷告, 21 常在上帝的爱中,等候我们主耶稣基督施怜悯赐给你们永生。

22 那些心存疑惑的人,你们要怜悯他们; 23 有些人,你们要将他们从火中抢救出来;还有些人,你们要怀着畏惧的心怜悯他们,甚至要厌恶被他们的邪情私欲玷污的衣服。


24 愿荣耀归给我们的救主——独一的上帝!祂能保守你们不失足犯罪,使你们无瑕无疵、欢欢喜喜地站在祂的荣耀面前。 25 愿荣耀、威严、能力和权柄借着我们的主耶稣基督都归给祂,从万世以前直到现今,一直到永永远远。阿们!

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 上帝”有些抄本作“主”。
  2. 1:12 败类”希腊文是“暗礁”或“污点”的意思。