1I, Jude, am writing this letter. I serve Jesus Christ. I am a brother of James.
I am sending this letter to you who have been chosen by God. You are loved by God the Father. You are kept safe for Jesus Christ.
2May more and more mercy, peace and love be given to you.
A Warning Against the Sin of Ungodly People
3Dear friends, I really wanted to write to you about the salvation we share. But now I feel I should write and ask you to stand up for the faith. God’s holy people were trusted with it once and for all time. 4Certain people have secretly slipped in among you. Long ago it was written that they would be judged. They are ungodly people. They misuse the grace of our God as an excuse for sexual sins. They say no to Jesus Christ, our only Lord and King.
5I want to remind you about some things you already know. The Lord saved his people. At one time he brought them out of Egypt. But later he destroyed those who did not believe. 6Some of the angels didn’t stay where they belonged. They didn’t keep their positions of authority. The Lord has kept those angels in darkness. They are held by chains that last forever. On judgment day, God will judge them. 7The people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the towns around them also did evil things. They freely committed sexual sins. They committed sins of the worst possible kind. There is a fire that never goes out. Those people are an example of those who are punished with it.
8In the very same way, these ungodly people act on their evil dreams. So they make their own bodies impure. They don’t accept authority. And they say evil things against heavenly beings. 9But even Michael, the leader of the angels, didn’t dare to say these things. He didn’t even say these things when he argued with the devil about the body of Moses. Michael didn’t dare to judge the devil. He didn’t say the devil was guilty of saying evil things. Instead, Michael said, “May the Lord judge you!” 10But these people say evil things against whatever they don’t understand. And the very things they do understand will destroy them. That’s because they are like wild animals that can’t think for themselves. Instead, they do what comes naturally to them.
11How terrible it will be for them! They have followed the way of Cain. They have rushed into the same mistake Balaam made. They did it because they loved money. They are like Korah. He turned against his leaders. These people will certainly be destroyed, just as Korah was.
12These ungodly people are like stains at the meals you share. They have no shame. They are shepherds who feed only themselves. They are like clouds without rain. They are blown along by the wind. They are like trees in the fall. Since they have no fruit, they are pulled out of the ground. So they die twice. 13They are like wild waves of the sea. Their shame rises up like foam. They are like falling stars. God has reserved a place of very black darkness for them forever.
14Enoch was the seventh man in the family line of Adam. He gave a prophecy about these people. He said, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones. 15He is coming to judge everyone. He is coming to sentence all of them. He will judge them for all the ungodly acts they have done. They have done them in ungodly ways. He will sentence ungodly sinners for all the things they have said to oppose him.” 16These people complain and find fault with others. They follow their own evil desires. They brag about themselves. They praise others to get what they want.
Remain in God’s Love
17Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said would happen. 18They told you, “In the last days, some people will make fun of the truth. They will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19They are the people who separate you from one another. They do only what comes naturally. They are not led by the Holy Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. 21And by doing these things, remain in God’s love as you wait. You are waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.
22Show mercy to those who doubt. 23Save others by pulling them out of the fire. To others, show mercy mixed with fear of sin. Hate even the clothes that are stained by the sins of those who wear them.
Praise to God
24Give praise to the God who is able to keep you from falling into sin. He will bring you into his heavenly glory without any fault. He will bring you there with great joy. 25Give praise to the only God our Savior. Glory, majesty, power and authority belong to him. Give praise to him through Jesus Christ our Lord. His praise was before all time, continues now, and will last forever. Amen.
1Yesu Kristo ɔsomfoɔ Yuda a meyɛ Yakobo nua na metwerɛɛ krataa yi,
Mede kɔma wɔn a Onyankopɔn afrɛ wɔn na wɔte Agya Onyankopɔn dɔ ne Yesu Kristo banbɔ mu:
2Mmɔborɔhunu ne ɔdɔ a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Me nnamfonom, anka merebɔ mmɔden atwerɛ mo afa nkwagyeɛ a yɛn nyinaa te mu no ho. Nanso, ɛsɛ sɛ metwerɛ mo wɔ asɛm foforɔ ho na moyere mo ho gyina nokorɛ a Onyankopɔn de ama ne nkurɔfoɔ afebɔɔ, a ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔsesa mu da biara da. 4Nnipa bi awiawia wɔn ho abɛfra yɛn mu a wɔkyea asɛm a ɛfa yɛn Onyankopɔn adom no ka sɛ adom no enti abrabɔ bɔne nsɛe hwee. Wɔnnye Yesu Kristo a ɔno nko ara ne yɛn Wura ne yɛn Awurade no nto mu. Atwerɛsɛm no aka wɔn afɔbuo a aba wɔn so no ho asɛm dada.
5Ɛwom sɛ monim yeinom dada, nanso mepɛ sɛ mekae mo adwene wɔ ɔgye a Awurade gyee Israelfoɔ firii Misraim asase so na akyire yi, ɔsɛee wɔn a na wɔnnye asɛm no nni no ho. 6Monkae abɔfoɔ a wɔdii tumi trasoɔ ma wɔgyaa wɔn atenaeɛ no. Wɔagu wɔn nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn wɔ sum kabii mu, na Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie retwɛn ɛda kɛseɛ no, na wabu wɔn atɛn. 7Monkae Sodom ne Gomora ne nkuro a na atwa wɔn ho ahyia no sɛ, na emu nnipa no yɛ adwamanfoɔ. Onyankopɔn twee wɔn aso de yɛɛ nhwɛsoɔ maa wɔn a wɔbɛnya asotwe a ɛde wɔn kɔ ogya a ɛnnum da no mu.
8Saa ɛkwan korɔ no ara so na adaeɛsofoɔ yi nam. Wogu wɔn ankasa onipadua ho fi. Wɔpo tumidie, na wɔka nsɛmmɔne fa animuonyamfoɔ a wɔwɔ ɔsoro ho. 9Ɔbɔfopanin Mikael mpo nyɛɛ saa da. Ɛberɛ a Mikael ne ɔbonsam repere Mose amu so a akasakasa sii wɔn ntam no mpo, wante ɔbonsam atua, na mmom, asɛm a ɔkaeɛ ara ne sɛ, “Awurade nka wʼanim.” 10Nanso, saa nnipa yi te nneɛma a wɔnte aseɛ ho atua. Sɛdeɛ mmoa a wɔnni nyansa di wɔn atenka akyi no, saa ara na wɔn nso wɔdi wɔn atenka akyi wɔ nneɛma a wɔnte aseɛ ho, na yei de ɔsɛeɛ bɛba wɔn so.
11Wɔnnue! Ɛkwan a Kain faa so no ara so na wɔnam. Sikanibereɛ enti, wɔde wɔn ho akɔhyɛ Bileam nnaadaasɛm ase. Wɔate atua atia Onyankopɔn sɛdeɛ Kora yɛeɛ pɛpɛɛpɛ. Yei enti wɔbɛsɛe wɔn.
12Wɔte sɛ nkekaeɛ fi a ɛwɔ wo nua aduane a ɔne wo di mu a wɔmfɛre ho. Wɔn ani ku wɔn ara wɔn ho. Na wɔte sɛ omununkum a ɛsi na mframa bɔ no, nanso osuo ntɔ. Wɔte sɛ nnua a ɛnso aba asusɔberɛ mu. Wɔte sɛ nnua a wɔatutu ne nhini ama awu koraa. 13Wɔte sɛ ɛpo asorɔkye a ano yɛ den a ɛhuru sɛ ahuro da wɔn aniwudeɛ adi. Wɔte sɛ nsoromma a ɛkyinkyini a Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie ɔsɛeɛ esum kabii mu afebɔɔ.
14Henok, Adam aseni a ɔtɔ no so nsia na ɔhyɛɛ saa nnipa yi ho nkɔm teteete sɛ, “Hwɛ, Awurade ne nʼabɔfoɔ Kronkron mpempem reba, 15na wɔabɛbu mo nyinaa atɛn na wɔabu nnebɔneyɛfoɔ nyinaa atɛn wɔ wɔn bɔne a wɔayɛ ne nsɛm a wɔaka atia Onyankopɔn no ho.” 16Ɛberɛ biara, saa nnipa yi nwiinwii na wɔde mfomsoɔ to afoforɔ so. Wɔdi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi. Wɔhoahoa wɔn ho na wɔdaadaa afoforɔ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, wɔbɛba abɛdi wɔn akyi.
17Me nnamfonom, monkae nsɛm a yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo asomafoɔ no kaeɛ. 18Wɔkaa sɛ, “Sɛ awieeɛ no duru a, nnipa a wɔdi mo ho fɛ bɛba, wɔn a wɔdi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi.” 19Yeinom ne nnipa a wɔnam wɔn akɔnnɔ so de mpaapaemu ba no. Na wɔnni Honhom no wɔ wɔn mu.
20Enti, mo a moyɛ me nnamfonom, metu mo fo sɛ, monkɔ so mmia mo gyidie mu. Mommɔ mpaeɛ wɔ Honhom Kronkron no tumi mu, 21na montena Onyankopɔn dɔ mu ɛberɛ a moretwɛn yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo wɔ nʼahummɔborɔ mu ama wama mo nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ no.
22Monhunu wɔn a wɔn gyidie sua mmɔbɔ. 23Montwe wɔn mfiri ogya mu nnye wɔn nkwa. Momfa suro nhunu wɔn mmɔbɔ, na monkyiri ntadeɛ a wɔn bɔne nkekaeɛ akeka mu.
24Na deɛ ɔbɛtumi asɔ mo mu na moanhwinti, na ɔde mo asi nʼanimuonyam anim sɛ nnipa a wɔnni dɛm wɔ ahosane mu no, 25Onyankopɔn korɔ a ɔnam yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo so yɛ yɛn Agyenkwa no, ɔno na animuonyam ne kɛseyɛ ne ahoɔden ne tumi nka no mmerɛ a atwam, ne ɛnnɛ ne daa nyinaa. Amen.