Greetings from Jude
1 This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.
I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.[a]
2 May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.
The Danger of False Teachers
3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus[b] first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. 6 And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. 7 And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.
8 In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.[c] 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels,[d] did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) 10 But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. 11 What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion.
12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you.[e] They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.
14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[f]
16 These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.
A Call to Remain Faithful
17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[g] 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
22 And you must show mercy to[h] those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,[i] but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.[j]
A Prayer of Praise
24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
Notas al pie
- 1 Or keeps you for Jesus Christ.
- 5 Other manuscripts read [the] Lord, or God, or God Christ.
- 8 Greek at glorious ones, which are probably evil angels.
- 9 Greek Michael, the archangel.
- 12 Or they are contaminants among you; or they are stains.
- 14-15 The quotation comes from intertestamental literature: Enoch 1:9.
- 20 Greek pray in the Holy Spirit.
- 22 Some manuscripts read must reprove.
- 22-23a Some manuscripts have only two categories of people: (1) those whose faith is wavering and therefore need to be snatched from the flames of judgment, and (2) those who need to be shown mercy.
- 23b Greek with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.
1 Ndine Yuda, mtumiki wa Yesu Khristu, komanso mʼbale wake wa Yakobo.
Kwa inu amene Mulungu Atate anakuyitanani, amene amakukondani ndikukusungani mwa Yesu Khristu.
2 Chifundo, mtendere ndi chikondi zikhale nanu mochuluka.
Tchimo ndi Kuwonongeka kwa Osapembedza
3 Okondedwa, ngakhale ndinkafunitsitsa kukulemberani za chipulumutso cha tonsefe, ndakakamizidwa kuti ndikulembereni ndi kukupemphani kolimba kuti mumenye ndithu nkhondo yotchinjiriza chikhulupiriro chimene Mulungu anachipereka kamodzi kokha kwa anthu onse oyera mtima. 4 Pakuti anthu ena amene za chilango chawo zinalembedwa kale, alowa mobisika pakati panu. Amenewa ndi anthu osapembedza Mulungu, amene amapotoza chisomo cha Mulungu wathu kuchisandutsa ufulu ochitira zonyansa ndiponso amakana Yesu Khristu amene Iye ndiye Mbuye ndi Mfumu yathu.
5 Ngakhale munazidziwa kale zonsezi, ndafuna kuti ndikukumbutseni kuti Ambuye anapulumutsa anthu ake ndi kuwatulutsa mʼdziko la Igupto, koma pambuyo pake anawononga amene sanakhulupirire. 6 Ndipo mukumbukire angelo amene sanakhutire ndi maudindo awo, koma anasiya malo awo. Angelo amenewa Mulungu anawamanga ndi maunyolo osatha, ndipo akuwasunga mʼmalo a mdima mpaka tsiku lalikulu lachiweruzo. 7 Musayiwale mizinda ya Sodomu ndi Gomora ija, ndi mizinda yoyandikana nayo. Anthu mʼmenemo anadziperekanso kuchita zadama ndi kuchita zonyansa zachilendo. Mizinda imeneyi yakhala ngati chitsanzo cha amene adzalangidwa ndi moto wosatha.
8 Nʼchimodzimodzinso zimene akuchita anthu amenewa potsata maloto awo, amadetsa matupi awo, amakana ulamuliro wa Mulungu ndiponso amachitira chipongwe angelo akumwamba. 9 Koma ngakhale mkulu wa angelo Mikayeli, pamene ankalimbana ndi Mdierekezi za mtembo wa Mose, sanamunene kuti wachipongwe, koma anati, “Ambuye akudzudzule iwe!” 10 Koma anthu awa amachita chipongwe zinthu zimene sakuzidziwa. Ndipo zinthu zimene amazidziwa ndi nzeru zachibadwa, monga za nyama, ndizo zimene zimawawononga.
11 Tsoka kwa iwo chifukwa anatsatira njira ya Kaini. Iwo athamangira phindu, nʼchifukwa chake anagwa mʼtchimo la Baalamu. Iwo anawonongedwa chifukwa chowukira monga anachitira Kora.
12 Anthu amenewa ndiwo amayipitsa maphwando anu achikondi. Amadya nanu mopanda manyazi ndipo ali ngati abusa amene amangodzidyetsa okha. Anthuwa ali ngati mitambo yowuluzika ndi mphepo, yopanda mvula. Ali ngati mitengo ya nthawi ya masika, yopanda zipatso, yozuka mizu, mitengo yoferatu. 13 Iwowa ali ngati mafunde awukali apanyanja, amene amatulutsa thovu la zonyansa zawo. Amenewa ali ngati nyenyezi zosochera, ndipo Mulungu akuwasungira mdima wandiweyani mpaka muyaya.
14 Enoki, wachisanu ndi chiwiri kuyambira pa Adamu, ananeneratu za anthu amenewa kuti, “Onani, Ambuye akubwera ndi oyera ake osawerengeka 15 kuti adzaweruze aliyense, ndi kudzagamula kuti onse osapembedza ndi olakwa, chifukwa cha ntchito zawo zosalungama zimene anachita mʼmoyo wawo osaopa Mulungu. Adzawatsutsa chifukwa cha mawu onse achipongwe amene osapembedzawa ananyoza nawo Ambuye.” 16 Anthu amenewa amangʼungʼudza ndi kudandaula. Amatsatira zilakolako zawo zoyipa. Amayankhula zodzitamandira ndipo amanamiza ena pofuna kupeza phindu.
Awalimbikitsa kuti Apirire
17 Koma okondedwa, kumbukirani zimene atumwi a Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu ananeneratu. 18 Iwo anakuwuzani kuti, “Mʼmasiku otsiriza kudzafika anthu onyoza, otsatira zofuna zawo zoyipa.” 19 Anthu amenewa ndi amene akubweretsa mipatuko pakati panu, amatsatira nzeru zachibadwa ndipo alibe Mzimu Woyera.
20 Koma inu okondedwa, muthandizane kuti mukule pa chikhulupiriro chanu choyera, ndipo muzipemphera ndi mphamvu ya Mzimu Woyera. 21 Khalani mʼchikondi cha Mulungu pamene mukudikira chifundo cha Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu kuti akubweretsereni moyo wosatha.
22 Muwachitire chifundo amene akukayika. 23 Ena muwapulumutse powalanditsa ku moto. Enanso muwachitire chifundo, koma mwa mantha, ndipo muzidana ngakhale ndi mwinjiro yomwe yayipitsidwa ndi machimo.
Mawu Olemekeza Mulungu
24 Kwa Iye amene angathe kukusungani kuti mungagwe mʼmachimo, ndiponso amene angathenso kukufikitsani pamaso pake pa ulemerero wopanda cholakwa muli okondwa, 25 kwa Mulungu yekhayo, Mpulumutsi wathu, kwa Iye kukhale ulemerero, ukulu, mphamvu ndi ulamuliro, mwa Yesu Khristu Ambuye athu, kuyambira isanayambe nthawi, tsopano mpaka muyaya. Ameni.