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.
11 a Mat 13:55; Bik 1:13 b Bar 1:6, 7 c Yk 17:12Nze, Yuda, omuddu wa Yesu Kristo, era muganda wa Yakobo, mpandiikira abaagalwa bonna abaayitibwa mu Katonda Kitaffe, era abakuumibwa Yesu Kristo.
22 2Pe 1:2Ekisa kya Katonda, n’emirembe, n’okwagala byeyongerenga mu mmwe.
33 a Tit 1:4 b 1Ti 6:12Abaagalwa, nnali neesunga nnyo okubawandiikira ku bulokozi bwaffe bwe ntyo nawalirizibwa okubawandiikira nga mbazzaamu amaanyi nga mbegayirira mulwanirire okukkiriza abatukuvu kwe baaweebwa omulundi ogumu. 44 a Bag 2:4 b Tit 1:16; 2Pe 2:1Waliwo 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.
55 Kbl 14:29; Zab 106:26Naye njagala okubajjukiza nti newaakubadde nga byonna mubimanyi, nga olunaku lumu Mukama yalokola eggwanga n’aliggya mu nsi y’e Misiri, oluvannyuma n’azikiriza abatakkiriza, 66 2Pe 2:4, 9ne 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. 77 a Ma 29:23 b 2Pe 2:6Temusaanye 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
88 2Pe 2:10Mu ngeri y’emu abo abaloota bagwagwawaza omubiri, ate oludda ne banyooma obuyinza, ne bavvoola ne bamalayika. 99 a Dan 10:13, 21 b Zek 3:2Kale newaakubadde nga Mikayiri, ye malayika asinga obukulu, naye bwe yali akaayana ne Setaani ku mulambo gwa Musa, teyamuvuma wabula yagamba bugambi nti, “Mukama akunenye!” 1010 2Pe 2:12Naye kale abantu bano bavvoola kye batategeera, era okufaanana ng’ensolo obusolo bakola buli kye baagala, era ebyo bibaleetedde okuzikirira.
1111 a Lub 4:3-8; 1Yk 3:12 b 2Pe 2:15 c Kbl 16:1-3, 31-35Zibasanze 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.
1212 a 2Pe 2:13; 1Ko 11:20-22 b Nge 25:14; 2Pe 2:17 c Bef 4:14 d Mat 15:13Abantu 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; 1313 a Is 57:20 b Baf 3:19 c 2Pe 2:17oba ng’amayengo ag’oku nnyanja agasiikuuse, ebikolwa byabwe ne bibaswaza; oba ng’emmunyeenye eziva mu kkubo lyazo, eziterekeddwa ekizikiza ekikutte ennyo eky’olubeerera.
1414 a Lub 5:18, 21-24 b Ma 33:2; Dan 7:10Enoka eyaliwo nga wayiseewo emirembe musanvu okuva ku Adamu, abantu bano yaboogerako eby’obunnabbi nti, “Mulabe Mukama ajja n’abatukuvu be abangi ennyo. 1515 a 2Pe 2:6-9 b 1Ti 1:9Alireeta 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.” 1616 2Pe 2:18Beemulugunya, era bakola buli kye beegomba, era nga boogerera waggulu ebigambo eby’okweraga; era olaba bassizzaamu omuntu ekitiibwa ng’omanya nti balina kye bamwagalako.
1717 2Pe 3:2Naye mmwe, abaagalwa, mujjukire abatume ba Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo ebigambo bye baayogera edda 1818 a 1Ti 4:1 b 2Pe 2:1bwe baabagamba nti, “Mu nnaku ez’oluvannyuma walijjawo abantu abalibasekerera, nga beegomba nga bwe baagala, nga batambulira mu bitasiimibwa Katonda.” 1919 1Ko 2:14, 15Abo be bo abaleeta enjawukana, ab’omubiri obubiri era abatalina Mwoyo Mutukuvu.
2020 a Bak 2:7 b Bef 6:18Naye 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, 2121 Tit 2:13; 2Pe 3:12nga mwekuumira mu kwagala kwa Katonda, nga mwesunga okusaasira kwa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo olw’obulamu obutaggwaawo.
22Mubeerenga ba kisa eri abo ababuusabuusa mu kukkiriza, 2323 a Am 4:11; Zek 3:2-5 b Kub 3:4n’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.
2424 a Bar 16:25 b 2Ko 4:14 c Bak 1:22Katonda asobola okubawanirira muleme okuva mu kkubo lye, era n’okubatuusa mu maaso ge ag’ekitiibwa nga temuliiko kamogo era nga mujjudde essanyu; 2525 a Yk 5:44; 1Ti 1:17 b Beb 13:8 c Bar 11:36Katonda 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.