The Message

Jude

1-2 I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

Fight with All You Have in You

3-4 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

Lost Stars in Outer Space

5-7 I’m laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn’t need reminding. Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected. And you know the story of the angels who didn’t stick to their post, abandoning it for other, darker missions. But they are now chained and jailed in a black hole until the great Judgment Day. Sodom and Gomorrah, which went to sexual rack and ruin along with the surrounding cities that acted just like them, are another example. Burning and burning and never burning up, they serve still as a stock warning.

This is exactly the same program of these latest infiltrators: dirty sex, rule and rulers thrown out, glory dragged in the mud.

9-11 The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses, wouldn’t have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply, “No you don’t. God will take care of you!” But these people sneer at anything they can’t understand, and by doing whatever they feel like doing—living by animal instinct only—they participate in their own destruction. I’m fed up with them! They’ve gone down Cain’s road; they’ve been sucked into Balaam’s error by greed; they’re canceled out in Korah’s rebellion.

12-13 These people are warts on your love feasts as you worship and eat together. They’re giving you a black eye—carousing shamelessly, grabbing anything that isn’t nailed down. They’re—

Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind;
    late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit,
Doubly dead, pulled up by the roots;
    wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach
    but the foam of their shame;
Lost stars in outer space
    on their way to the black hole.

14-16 Enoch, the seventh after Adam, prophesied of them: “Look! The Master comes with thousands of holy angels to bring judgment against them all, convicting each person of every defiling act of shameless sacrilege, of every dirty word they have spewed of their pious filth.” These are the “grumpers,” the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.

17-19 But remember, dear friends, that the apostles of our Master, Jesus Christ, told us this would happen: “In the last days there will be people who don’t take these things seriously anymore. They’ll treat them like a joke, and make a religion of their own whims and lusts.” These are the ones who split churches, thinking only of themselves. There’s nothing to them, no sign of the Spirit!

20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

22-23 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

24-25 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Yuda

Nze, Yuda, omuddu wa Yesu Kristo, era muganda wa Yakobo, mpandiikira abaagalwa bonna abaayitibwa mu Katonda Kitaffe, era abakuumibwa Yesu Kristo.

Ekisa kya Katonda, n’emirembe, n’okwagala byeyongerenga mu mmwe.

Abayigiriza ab’Obulimba

Abaagalwa, nnali neesunga nnyo okubawandiikira ku bulokozi bwaffe bwe ntyo nawalirizibwa okubawandiikira nga mbazzaamu amaanyi nga mbegayirira mulwanirire okukkiriza abatukuvu kwe baaweebwa omulundi ogumu. Waliwo abantu abajja mu bubba, abaawandiikwako edda nga baasalirwa omusango, abatatya Katonda abajerega ekisa kya Katonda waffe, ne bakiyisaamu amaaso, ne beegaana Yesu Kristo Mukama waffe, omu yekka.

Naye njagala okubajjukiza nti newaakubadde nga byonna mubimanyi, nga olunaku lumu Mukama yalokola eggwanga n’aliggya mu nsi y’e Misiri, oluvannyuma n’azikiriza abatakkiriza, ne bamalayika abataakuuma kitiibwa kyabwe ne badda mu kukola bye baayagala ne balekulira n’ebifo byabwe, abo Katonda yabasiba mu njegere n’abassa mu kkomera ery’ekizikiza ekikutte gye balindiririra okusalirwa omusango. Temusaanye kwerabira bibuga ebya Sodomu ne Ggomola n’ebibuga ebyali bibiriraanye. Byonna byali bijjudde kwegomba okubi n’obwenzi, nga n’abasajja bakolaganako eby’ensonyi. Ebibuga ebyo byazikirizibwa n’omuliro, era byabonerezebwa n’omuliro ogutaggwaawo bibeere ekyokulabirako gye tuli.

Okukozesa Olulimi Oluvvoola

Mu ngeri y’emu abo abaloota bagwagwawaza omubiri, ate oludda ne banyooma obuyinza, ne bavvoola ne bamalayika. Kale newaakubadde nga Mikayiri, ye malayika asinga obukulu, naye bwe yali akaayana ne Setaani ku mulambo gwa Musa, teyamuvuma wabula yagamba bugambi nti, “Mukama akunenye!” 10 Naye kale abantu bano bavvoola kye batategeera, era okufaanana ng’ensolo obusolo bakola buli kye baagala, era ebyo bibaleetedde okuzikirira.

11 Zibasanze abo! Kubanga bagoberera ekkubo lya Kayini, era bakola buli kye basobola okufunamu ensimbi okufaanana nga Balamu, era ne bajeemera Katonda nga Koola bwe yakola, noolwekyo balizikirizibwa.

12 Abantu bano bwe bajja ne babeegattamu nga muli ku mbaga zammwe ez’okumanyagana, baba ng’amabala amabi, nga tebatya, nga beefaako bokka, nga bali ng’ebire ebitaliimu mazzi ebitwalibwa empewo; oba ng’emiti egiwaatudde, egitaliiko bibala, egyafa emirundi ebiri, egyakuulibwa n’emirandira; 13 oba ng’amayengo ag’oku nnyanja agasiikuuse, ebikolwa byabwe ne bibaswaza; oba ng’emmunyeenye eziva mu kkubo lyazo, eziterekeddwa ekizikiza ekikutte ennyo eky’olubeerera.

14 Enoka eyaliwo nga wayiseewo emirembe musanvu okuva ku Adamu, abantu bano yaboogerako eby’obunnabbi nti, “Mulabe Mukama ajja n’abatukuvu be abangi ennyo. 15 Alireeta abantu bonna mu maaso ge basalirwe omusango mu bwenkanya olw’ebikolwa byabwe bonna abatatya Katonda, bye baakola mu bugenderevu, n’olw’ebigambo byonna ebizibu abakozi b’ebibi bye bamwogeddeko eby’obutatya Katonda.” 16 Beemulugunya, era bakola buli kye beegomba, era nga boogerera waggulu ebigambo eby’okweraga; era olaba bassizzaamu omuntu ekitiibwa ng’omanya nti balina kye bamwagalako.

Okugumiikiriza

17 Naye mmwe, abaagalwa, mujjukire abatume ba Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo ebigambo bye baayogera edda 18 bwe baabagamba nti, “Mu nnaku ez’oluvannyuma walijjawo abantu abalibasekerera, nga beegomba nga bwe baagala, nga batambulira mu bitasiimibwa Katonda.” 19 Abo be bo abaleeta enjawukana, ab’omubiri obubiri era abatalina Mwoyo Mutukuvu.

20 Naye mmwe, abaagalwa, musaana okuzimba obulamu bwammwe nga bweyongera okuba obw’amaanyi, nga mubuzimbira ku musingi ogw’okukkiriza kwammwe okutukuvu, era nga musaba mu Mwoyo Mutukuvu, 21 nga mwekuumira mu kwagala kwa Katonda, nga mwesunga okusaasira kwa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo olw’obulamu obutaggwaawo.

22 Mubeerenga ba kisa eri abo ababuusabuusa mu kukkiriza, 23 n’abalala mufubenga okubawonya nga mubakwakkula mu nnimi z’omuliro, n’abalala mubatuuse eri Mukama nga muyita mu kubalaga ekisa ng’aboonoonyi, wabula mukyawe ekyambalo, ekijjudde amabala agakiteekeddwako omubiri gwabwe.

Okusaba okw’Okutendereza

24 Katonda asobola okubawanirira muleme okuva mu kkubo lye, era n’okubatuusa mu maaso ge ag’ekitiibwa nga temuliiko kamogo era nga mujjudde essanyu; 25 Katonda oyo omu yekka atulokola okuyita mu Yesu Kristo Mukama waffe, agulumizibwe era atenderezebwenga olw’amaanyi ge n’obuyinza bwe, okuva ku mirembe gyonna egyayita, ne kaakano era ne mu mirembe egitaliggwaawo! Amiina.