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.
11:1 Yn 14:22; Mdo 1:13; Rum 1:6, 7; Yn 17:12Yuda, mtumwa wa Yesu Kristo na nduguye Yakobo:
Kwa wale walioitwa, wapendwa katika Mungu Baba na kuhifadhiwa salama ndani ya Yesu Kristo:
21:2 Rum 1:7; 2Pet 1:2Rehema, amani na upendo viwe kwenu kwa wingi.
Dhambi Na Hukumu Ya Watu Wasiomcha Mungu
31:3 Tit 1:4; 1Tim 6:12Wapendwa, ingawa nilikuwa ninatamani sana kuwaandikia kuhusu wokovu ambao tunaushiriki sisi sote, niliona imenipasa kuwaandikia na kuwasihi kwamba mwitetee imani iliyokabidhiwa watakatifu kwa nafasi moja itoshayo. 41:4 Gal 2:4; 2Pet 2:1; 1Yn 2:22Kwa kuwa kuna watu waliojipenyeza kwa siri katikati yenu, watu walioandikiwa tangu zamani hukumu hii, waovu, wapotoshao neema ya Mungu wetu kuwa ufisadi wakimkana yeye aliye Bwana wetu wa pekee, Bwana Yesu Kristo.
Hukumu Kwa Walimu Wa Uongo
51:5 Kum 1:32; 1Kor 10:1-5Ingawa mmekwisha kujua haya yote, nataka niwakumbushe kuwa Bwana akiisha kuwaokoa watu wake kutoka nchi ya Misri, baadaye aliwaangamiza wale ambao hawakuamini. 61:6 2Pet 2:4, 9; Mwa 6:1; Yn 8:44; Ufu 20:10Nao malaika ambao hawakulinda nafasi zao, lakini wakayaacha makao yao, hawa amewaweka katika giza, wakiwa wamefungwa kwa minyororo ya milele kwa ajili ya hukumu Siku ile kuu. 71:7 Kum 29:23; Mt 25:41; Mwa 19:24; 2Pet 2:6, 10; Mt 10:15Vivyo hivyo, Sodoma na Gomora na pia ile miji iliyokuwa kandokando, ambayo kwa jinsi moja na hao, walijifurahisha kwa uasherati na kufuata tamaa za mwili zisizo za asili, waliwekwa wawe mfano kwa kuadhibiwa katika moto wa milele.
81:8 2Pet 2:10; Kut 22:28Vivyo hivyo, hawa waotao ndoto huutia mwili unajisi, hukataa kuwa chini ya mamlaka na kunena mabaya juu ya wenye mamlaka. 91:9 Dan 12:1; Ufu 12:7; Zek 3:2Lakini hata malaika mkuu Mikaeli alipokuwa anashindana na ibilisi juu ya mwili wa Mose, hakuthubutu kumlaumu, bali alimwambia, “Bwana na akukemee!” 101:10 2Pet 2:12Lakini watu hawa hunena mabaya dhidi ya mambo wasiyoyafahamu. Na katika mambo yale wanayoyafahamu kwa hisia kama wanyama wasio na akili, hayo ndiyo hasa yanayowaharibu.
111:11 Mwa 4:3-8; 2Pet 2:15; Hes 16:1-3; 31:35Ole wao! Kwa kuwa wanaifuata njia ya Kaini, wamekimbilia faida katika kosa la Balaamu na kuangamia katika uasi wa Kora.
121:12 2Pet 2:13; 1Kor 11:20-22; Mit 25:14; 2Pet 2:17; Efe 4:14; Mt 15:13Watu hawa ni dosari katika karamu zenu za upendo, wakila pamoja nanyi bila hofu, wakijilisha pasipo hofu. Wao ni mawingu yasiyokuwa na maji, yakichukuliwa na upepo, miti isiyo na matunda wakati wa mapukutiko, ambayo hunyauka, iliyokufa mara mbili na kungʼolewa kabisa. 131:13 Isa 57:20; Flp 3:19; 2Pet 2:17Wao ni mawimbi makali ya bahari, yakitoa povu la aibu yao wenyewe, ni nyota zipoteazo, ambao weusi wa giza ndio akiba waliowekewa milele.
141:14 Mwa 5:18; 21:24; Kum 33:2; Dan 7:10Enoki, mtu wa saba kuanzia Adamu alitoa unabii kuhusu watu hawa, akisema: “Tazama, Bwana anakuja pamoja na maelfu kwa maelfu ya watakatifu wake, 151:15 2Pet 2:6-9; 1Tim 1:9ili kumhukumu kila mmoja na kuwapatiliza wote wasiomcha Mungu kwa matendo yao yote ya uasi waliyoyatenda, pamoja na maneno yote ya kuchukiza ambayo wenye dhambi wamesema dhidi yake.” 161:16 2Pet 2:18; 2:10Watu hawa ni wenye kunungʼunika na wenye kutafuta makosa; wao hufuata tamaa zao mbaya, hujisifu kwa maneno makuu kuhusu wao wenyewe na kuwasifu mno watu wenye vyeo kwa ajili ya kujipatia faida.
Maonyo Na Mausia
171:17 2Pet 3:2; Efe 4:11; Ebr 2:3Lakini ninyi wapenzi, kumbukeni yale mitume wa Bwana Yesu Kristo waliyonena zamani. 181:18 1Tim 4:1; 2Pet 2:4Kwa kuwa waliwaambia, “Siku za mwisho kutakuwa na watu wenye kudhihaki, watakaofuata tamaa zao wenyewe za upotovu.” 191:19 1Kor 2:14, 15Hawa ndio watu wanaowagawa ninyi, wafuatao tamaa zao za asili, wala hawana Roho.
201:20 Kol 2:7; Efe 6:18Lakini ninyi wapendwa, jijengeni katika imani yenu iliyo takatifu sana tena ombeni katika Roho Mtakatifu. 211:21 Tit 2:13; 2Pet 3:12; Ebr 9:28; Mt 25:46Jilindeni katika upendo wa Mungu mkitazamia kwa furaha rehema ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo ili awalete katika uzima wa milele.
22Wahurumieni walio na mashaka; 231:23 Amo 4:11; Zek 3:2-5; Ufu 3:4wengine waokoeni kwa kuwanyakua kutoka kwenye moto; nao wengine wahurumieni mkiwa na hofu, mkichukia hata vazi lenye mawaa na kutiwa unajisi na mwili.
Dua Ya Kutakia Heri
241:24 Rum 16:25; 2Kor 4:14; Kol 1:22Kwake yeye awezaye kuwalinda ninyi msianguke na kuwaleta mbele za utukufu wake mkuu bila dosari na kwa furaha ipitayo kiasi: 251:25 Yn 5:44kwake yeye Mungu pekee Mwokozi wetu, kwa Yesu Kristo Bwana wetu, utukufu, ukuu, uweza na mamlaka ni vyake tangu milele, sasa na hata milele! Amen.