Nueva Versión Internacional

Judas

Judas, siervo de Jesucristo y hermano de Jacobo,

a los que son amados por Dios el Padre, guardados por[a] Jesucristo y llamados a la salvación:

Que reciban misericordia, paz y amor en abundancia.

Pecado y condenación de los impíos

Queridos hermanos, he deseado intensamente escribirles acerca de la salvación que tenemos en común, y ahora siento la necesidad de hacerlo para rogarles que sigan luchando vigorosamente por la fe encomendada una vez por todas a los santos. El problema es que se han infiltrado entre ustedes ciertos individuos que desde hace mucho tiempo han estado señalados[b] para condenación. Son impíos que cambian en libertinaje la gracia de nuestro Dios y niegan a Jesucristo, nuestro único Soberano y Señor.

Aunque ustedes ya saben muy bien todo esto, quiero recordarles que el Señor,[c] después de liberar de la tierra de Egipto a su pueblo, destruyó a los que no creían. Y a los ángeles que no mantuvieron su posición de autoridad, sino que abandonaron su propia morada, los tiene perpetuamente encarcelados en oscuridad para el juicio del gran Día. Así también Sodoma y Gomorra y las ciudades vecinas son puestas como escarmiento, al sufrir el castigo de un fuego eterno, por haber practicado, como aquellos, inmoralidad sexual y vicios contra la naturaleza.

De la misma manera estos individuos, llevados por sus delirios, contaminan su cuerpo, desprecian la autoridad y maldicen a los seres celestiales. Ni siquiera el arcángel Miguel, cuando argumentaba con el diablo disputándole el cuerpo de Moisés, se atrevió a pronunciar contra él un juicio de maldición, sino que dijo: «¡Que el Señor te reprenda!» 10 Estos, en cambio, maldicen todo lo que no entienden; y, como animales irracionales, lo que entienden por instinto es precisamente lo que los corrompe.

11 ¡Ay de los que siguieron el camino de Caín! Por ganar dinero se entregaron al error de Balán y perecieron en la rebelión de Coré.

12 Estos individuos son un peligro oculto:[d] sin ningún respeto convierten en parrandas las fiestas de amor fraternal que ustedes celebran. Buscan solo su propio provecho.[e] Son nubes sin agua, llevadas por el viento. Son árboles que no dan fruto cuando debieran darlo; están doblemente muertos, arrancados de raíz. 13 Son violentas olas del mar, que arrojan la espuma de sus actos vergonzosos. Son estrellas fugaces, para quienes está reservada eternamente la más densa oscuridad.

14 También Enoc, el séptimo patriarca a partir de Adán, profetizó acerca de ellos: «Miren, el Señor viene con millares y millares de sus ángeles[f] 15 para someter a juicio a todos y para reprender a todos los pecadores impíos por todas las malas obras que han cometido, y por todas las injurias que han proferido contra él». 16 Estos individuos son refunfuñadores y criticones; se dejan llevar por sus propias pasiones; hablan con arrogancia y adulan a los demás para sacar ventaja.

Exhortación a la perseverancia

17 Ustedes, queridos hermanos, recuerden el mensaje anunciado anteriormente por los apóstoles de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. 18 Ellos les decían: «En los últimos tiempos habrá burladores que vivirán según sus propias pasiones impías». 19 Estos son los que causan divisiones y se dejan llevar por sus propios instintos, pues no tienen el Espíritu.

20-21 Ustedes, en cambio, queridos hermanos, manténganse en el amor de Dios, edificándose sobre la base de su santísima fe y orando en el Espíritu Santo, mientras esperan que nuestro Señor Jesucristo, en su misericordia, les conceda vida eterna.

22 Tengan compasión de los que dudan; 23 a otros, sálvenlos arrebatándolos del fuego. Compadézcanse de los demás, pero tengan cuidado; aborrezcan hasta la ropa que haya sido contaminada por su cuerpo.

Doxología

24 ¡Al único Dios, nuestro Salvador, que puede guardarlos para que no caigan, y establecerlos sin tacha y con gran alegría ante su gloriosa presencia, 25 sea la gloria, la majestad, el dominio y la autoridad, por medio de Jesucristo nuestro Señor, antes de todos los siglos, ahora y para siempre! Amén.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 por. Alt. para.
  2. 4 señalados. Lit. inscritos de antemano.
  3. 5 el Señor. Var. Jesús.
  4. 12 un peligro oculto. Lit. escollos, o manchas.
  5. 12 Buscan … provecho. Lit. Se pastorean a sí mismos.
  6. 14 ángeles. Lit. santos.

New International Reader's Version

Jude

I, 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.

May more and more mercy, peace and love be given to you.

A Warning Against the Sin of Ungodly People

Dear 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. Certain 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.

I 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. Some 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. The 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.

In 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. But 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!” 10 But 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.

11 How 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.

12 These 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. 13 They 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.

14 Enoch 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. 15 He 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.” 16 These 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

17 Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said would happen. 18 They told you, “In the last days, some people will make fun of the truth. They will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 They are the people who separate you from one another. They do only what comes naturally. They are not led by the Holy Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. 21 And 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.

22 Show mercy to those who doubt. 23 Save 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

24 Give 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. 25 Give 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.