1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for1:1 Or by; or in Jesus Christ:
2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
The Sin and Doom of Ungodly People
3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about1:4 Or individuals who were marked out for condemnation long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord1:5 Some early manuscripts Jesus at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
8In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”1:9 Jude is alluding to the Jewish Testament of Moses (approximately the first century a.d.). 10Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.
11Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
12These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”1:15 From the Jewish First Book of Enoch (approximately the first century b.c.) 16These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
A Call to Persevere
17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.1:23 The Greek manuscripts of these verses vary at several points.
24To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
1Yahuda, bawan Yesu Kiristi, ɗan’uwan Yaƙub,
Zuwa ga waɗanda aka kira, waɗanda Allah Uba yake ƙauna, waɗanda kuma Yesu Kiristi ya kiyaye.
2Jinƙai, salama da kuma ƙauna, su kasance tare da ku a yalwace.
Zunubi da hallakar marasa tsoron Allah
3Abokaina ƙaunatattu, ko da yake na yi marmari ƙwarai in rubuta muku game da ceton nan namu, sai na ga ya dace in rubuta, in gargaɗe ku ku tsaya da ƙarfi cikin bangaskiya wadda aka danƙa wa mutane masu tsarki na Allah sau ɗaya tak. 4Na faɗa haka ne domin waɗansu mutanen da aka rubuta hukuncinsu tun dā sun shiga cikinku a ɓoye. Su fa marasa tsoron Allah ne. Su ne waɗanda suka mai da alherin Allahnmu ya zama dalilin yin fasikanci, suna kuma mūsun Yesu Kiristi wanda shi ne Makaɗaici Mai Iko Duka da kuma Ubangijinmu.
5Ko da yake kun riga kun san duk wannan, ina so in tuna muku cewa Ubangiji ya ceci mutanensa daga Masar, duk da haka daga baya ya hallaka waɗanda ba su ba da gaskiya ba. 6Haka ma mala’ikun da ba su riƙe matsayinsu na iko ba, waɗanda suka bar ainihin mazauninsu, su ne ya tsare a duhu daure da dawwammamun sarƙoƙi don hukunci ta babbar Ranan nan. 7Haka ma Sodom da Gomorra da garuruwan da suke kewaye da su, waɗanda su ma suka ba da kansu ga fasikanci da muguwar sha’awar jiki, sun zama misalin waɗanda suke shan hukuncin madawwamiyar wuta.
8Haka yake da masu mafarke-mafarken nan, gama sun ƙazantar da jikunansu, suka ƙi bin masu mulki, suna ɓata sunan talikan sararin sama. 9Kai, ko Mika’ilu babban shugaban mala’iku ma, sa’ad da yake mūsu da Iblis game da gawar Musa, bai yi garajen ɗora masa laifi da baƙar magana ba, sai dai ya ce, “Ubangiji yă tsawata maka!” 10Duk da haka mutanen nan suna maganar banza a kan kome da ba su gane ba; kuma abubuwan da suka fahimta bisa ga jiki, kamar dabbobi marasa hankali, waɗannan abubuwa ne suke hallaka su.
11Kaitonsu! Gama sun kama hanyar Kayinu; sun ruga a guje garin neman riba cikin kuskure kamar Bala’am; aka kuma hallaka su cikin tawayen Kora.
12Waɗannan mutane sun zama kamar ƙazanta a taronku na soyayya, suna ta ciye-ciye a cikinku, ba kunya ba tsoro. Su masu kiwo ne da suke ciyar da kansu kawai. Su kamar hadari ne da babu ruwa da iska take kori. Su kamar itatuwa ne, marasa ’ya’ya da rani, waɗanda aka tumɓuke, ko kamar itatuwan da aka tumɓuke suka kuma mutu ƙurmus. 13Su kamar raƙuman ruwan teku ne masu hauka, suna taƙama da tumbatsan kumfar kunyarsu. Su kamar taurari ne masu yawo barkatai, waɗanda aka ajiye mugun duhu saboda su har abada.
14Enok ma, wanda yake na bakwai daga Adamu, ya yi annabci game da waɗannan mutane cewa, “Duba, Ubangiji yana zuwa da dubu dubban tsarkakansa 15don yă yi wa kowa shari’a, yă kuma hukunta duk marasa tsoron Allah game da dukan ayyukansu na rashin tsoron Allah da suka aikata ta hanyar rashin tsoron Allah, da kuma dukan baƙaƙen kalmomin da masu zunubi marasa tsoron Allah suka faɗa game da shi.” 16Waɗannan mutane dai, gunaguni gare su, kullum ganin laifin waɗansu suke yi. Muguwar sha’awa ce kaɗai tunaninsu. Sun cika da banzar magana ta yabon kansu. Suna ruɗin mutane da zaƙin baki don samun ribar kansu.
Kira don jimiri
17Amma ku abokaina ƙaunatattu, ku tuna da abin da manzannin Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi suka faɗa a dā. 18Sun ce muku, “A kwanakin ƙarshe za a kasance da masu ba’a waɗanda za su bi sha’awace-sha’awacensu na rashin tsoron Allah.” 19Waɗannan mutanen ne, suke kawo rabe-rabe, masu bin abin da jiki yake so, marasa Ruhu.
20Amma ku, abokaina ƙaunatattu, ku gina kanku cikin bangaskiyarku mafi tsarki, ku kuma yi addu’a cikin Ruhu Mai Tsarki. 21Ku zauna cikin ƙaunar Allah yayinda kuke jira jinƙan Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi don yă kawo ku ga rai madawwami.
22Ku ji tausayin waɗanda suke shakka; 23ku cece waɗansu ta wurin fizge su daga wuta. Ga waɗansu kuma ku ji tausayinsu, amma tare da tsoro, har ma ku yi ƙyamar tufafin da suka ɓata da ayyukansu na jiki.
24To, yabo yă tabbata a gare shi, shi wanda yake da iko yă tsare ku daga fāɗuwa, yă kuma miƙa ku marasa laifi a gaban ɗaukakarsa da matuƙar farin ciki. 25Gare shi kuma, shi da yake kaɗai Allah Mai Cetonmu, ta wurin Yesu Kiristi Ubangijinmu, bari ɗaukaka, daraja, iko da mulki, su tabbata a gare shi, tun farkon zamanai, yanzu, da har abada abadin! Amin.