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Judas

Indledende hilsen

Dette brev er fra Judas, Jesu Kristi tjener, bror til Jakob. Jeg skriver til jer, som er kaldet til at tilhøre Gud. I er omsluttet af Gud Faders kærlighed og bliver holdt fast af Jesus Kristus.

Jeg ønsker for jer, at I hele tiden må vokse i oplevelsen af Guds barmhjertighed, fred og kærlighed.

Advarsel mod falsk lære og ugudelig levevis

Elskede venner, da jeg er meget ivrig efter at skrive til jer om den frelse, vi er fælles om, anser jeg det for nødvendigt at formane jer til at kæmpe for den lære, som Gud én gang for alle har overdraget til sit folk. Der er nemlig nogle ugudelige mennesker, som har sneget sig ind iblandt os. De mener, at fordi Gud er nådig, kan de tillade sig en umoralsk levevis, og de nægter at anerkende Jesus Kristus som vores eneste Herre og Mester. Men dommen over dem er afsagt for længst.

Jeg vil minde jer om, at selvom Gud i første omgang reddede sit folk ud af Egypten, så udryddede han senere dem, som gjorde oprør mod ham. Jeg vil også minde jer om de engle, der gjorde oprør og overskred de grænser, Gud havde sat for dem. Dem har Gud lagt i ubrydelige lænker i mørke fængsler indtil dommens store dag.

Tænk også på indbyggerne i Sodoma og Gomorra og deres nabobyer, som kastede sig ud i seksuelle perversiteter. Deres byer blev tilintetgjort og er en stadig påmindelse om, at Gud straffer synd og oprør. Alligevel gør de falske lærere, der har sneget sig ind iblandt os, det samme. Deres drømmerier fører til, at de synder mod deres egen krop, de gør oprør mod alle autoriteter, og de håner stærke åndsmagter. Selv ærkeenglen Mikael vovede ikke at komme med nogen hånende anklage mod Djævelen, da han kæmpede med ham om Mosesʼ lig. Han sagde blot: „Herren vil straffe dig!” 10 Men de her falske lærere taler nedsættende om ting, de ikke forstår sig på. De er som dyr, der handler efter deres instinkter, og dermed ødelægger de sig selv. 11 Ve dem, for de følger Kains eksempel. De begår den samme fejl som Bileam, for de vil gøre hvad som helst for penge. De er som Kora, der gjorde oprør mod Gud, og de vil også blive straffet, som han blev. 12 De er en skamplet på jeres kærlighedsmåltider, når de rager til sig uden at tage hensyn til andre. De er som skyer, der drives af sted for vinden uden nogensinde at give regn. De er som frugttræer, der ikke bærer frugt ved høsttid. De vil blive rykket op med rode og skal dø to gange.[a] 13 De er som havets skummende bølger, der skyller affald op på stranden. De er som stjerner, der er kommet ud af kurs og er på vej ud i det yderste mørke.

14 Det var den slags mennesker Enok profeterede om, da han i den syvende generation efter Adam sagde: „Jeg så for mig Herren komme med sine hellige titusinder. 15 Han dømmer de ugudelige og afslører alt det onde, de har sagt og gjort i deres oprør imod ham.” 16 Altid beklager de sig over deres skæbne og skyder skylden på andre. De gør alt det onde, der falder dem ind, praler af egne bedrifter og bruger smiger, når de kan se deres fordel ved det.

Formaning om at holde fast ved troen, tage afstand fra de ugudelige og hjælpe de tvivlende

17 Men I, kære venner, skal huske på, hvad I har hørt fra Jesu Kristi apostle. 18 De sagde jo, at mange i de sidste tider vil håne jer og følge deres egne ugudelige lyster.[b] 19 Det er den slags mennesker, som skaber splittelser i menigheden. Deres tankegang er verdslig, og de mangler Åndens kraft.

20 Men I, kære venner, skal opmuntre og styrke hinanden i jeres dyrebare tro, idet I beder i Helligåndens kraft. 21 Hold fast ved Guds kærlighed og se med forventning frem til det evige liv, som Jesus Kristus i sin nåde vil give jer.

22 Nogle kristne har en ærlig tvivl. Dem skal I være barmhjertige overfor, når I vejleder dem. 23 Andre er tæt på fortabelsens afgrund. Frels dem som ud af et brændende hus. Andre igen lever i åbenlys synd. Dem skal I også være barmhjertige overfor, men pas på, at I ikke bliver revet med af deres synd. Tag afstand fra alt, hvad de gør.

Afsluttende lovprisning

24-25 Lad os prise ham, som alene er Gud, ham, som giver os evigt liv gennem Jesus Kristus, vores Herre. Han har magt til at bevare jer fra fald og føre jer frem for sin herlige trone som frikendte mennesker, der jubler af glæde. Ham tilhører al ære, storhed, magt og autoritet fra før tidens begyndelse, nu og i al evighed. Amen.

Notas al pie

  1. 12 Død nummer to er den åndelige død, som følger den fysiske død, jf. Åb. 20,6.
  2. 18 De ord, der her er brugt, viser, at Judas citerer 2.Pet. 3,3.

Amplified Bible

Jude

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.