Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Yuda

Mimi Yuda, mtumishi wa Yesu Kristo, na ndugu yake Yakobo. Nawaandikia wale walioitwa na kupendwa na Mungu Baba na kulindwa na Yesu Kristo. Ninawatakieni rehema, amani na upendo tele.

Hukumu Ya Watu Wasiomcha Mungu

Wapendwa, ingawa nilikuwa na hamu kubwa kuwaandikieni kuhusu wokovu wetu, nimeona ni muhimu niwaandikieni nikiwasihi mwendelee kuipigania kwa nguvu imani ambayo Mungu amewakabidhi watakatifu mara moja tu kwa wakati wote. Hii ni kwa sababu watu wasiomcha Mungu ambao tangu zamani wamekwisha kuandikiwa hukumu hii, wamejiingiza miongoni mwenu kwa siri. Hawa ni watu ambao wanapotosha neema ya Mungu wetu na kuitumia kama kisingizio cha kutenda maovu. Wao wanamkana Yesu Kristo ambaye pekee ndiye Mkuu na Bwana wetu.

Sasa nataka kuwakumbusha jambo ambalo tayari mnalijua: kwamba, Bwana aliwaokoa watu wake kutoka Misri, lakini baadaye akawaangamiza wale ambao hawakuamini. Na malaika ambao hawaku tunza madaraka yao wakaacha maskani yao halisi; hao amewafungia gizani kwa minyororo ya milele hadi wahukumiwe katika siku ile kuu. Vivyo hivyo watu wa Sodoma na Gomora na miji ya kando kando yake ambao hali kadhalika walifanya uasherati na kujifurah isha katika matendo yaliyo kinyume cha maumbile, waliadhibiwa kwa moto wa milele kama fundisho kwa watu wote.

Ndivyo walivyo hawa watu. Ndoto zao huwaongoza wachafue miili yao, wasitii mamlaka; na watukane viumbe watakatifu walioko mbinguni. Lakini hata Mikaeli, malaika mkuu, aliposhindana na shetani kuhusu mwili wa Musa, hakuthubutu kutamka hukumu juu ya shetani, bali alisema, “Bwana akukemee!” 10 Lakini hawa watu hushutumu cho chote wasichokielewa; na yale mambo wanayotambua kwa asili, kama wanyama ambao hawawezi kujizuia kwa kutumia fikira, hayo ndio yanayowaangamiza. 11 Ole wao! Kwa maana watu hao wamefuata mfano wa Kaini, na kama Balaamu wako tayari kufanya lo lote kwa ajili ya fedha; na kama Kora wamejiangamiza wenyewe kwa kumwasi Mungu.

12 Watu hawa ni madoa katika karamu zenu za ushirika. Wanak ula nanyi bila kuwa na kiasi, wakicheka na kujishibisha na kunywa bila kujali wengine. Wao ni kama mawingu yanayochukuliwa na upepo huku na huku pasipo kuleta mvua; ni kama miti ya kiangazi iliy opukutika bila kuwa na matunda, ambayo imekufa kabisa na kung’olewa pamoja na mizizi yake. 13 Matendo yao ya aibu ni dha hiri kama vile mapovu ya mawimbi ya bahari. Wao ni kama nyota zinazotangatanga, na mahali pao ni katika lile giza kuu ambalo Mungu amewawekea milele. 14 Henoki, ambaye alikuwa wa kizazi cha saba baada ya Adamu, alitoa unabii kuhusu watu hawa akasema, “Sikilizeni! Nilimwona Bwana akija na watakatifu wake maelfu kwa maelfu 15 kutoa hukumu kwa wote na kuwaadhibu wasiomcha Mungu, kwa ajili ya matendo yao maovu waliyoyatenda na kwa ajili ya maneno makali ambayo hao waovu wasiomcha Mungu walisema juu yake.”

16 Watu hawa ni wanung’unikaji, wakaidi, wenye kufuata tamaa zao, wenye majivuno, wenye kujigamba na ambao huwasifu watu wen gine ili mambo yao yafanikiwe.

Maonyo Na Maagizo

17 Lakini ninyi wapendwa, kumbukeni yale mliyoambiwa na mitume wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo kwamba yatatokea. 18 Waliwaam bieni kwamba, “Katika siku za mwisho, watatokea watu watakaowad hihaki , watu wafuatao tamaa zao mbaya.” 19 Watu hawa ndio wanaosababisha mafarakano, watu wafuatao tamaa za dunia, wasio na Roho wa Mungu. 20 Lakini ninyi wapendwa, jengeni maisha yenu juu ya imani yenu takatifu; ombeni katika nguvu na uweza wa Roho Mtakatifu. 21 Jitunzeni katika upendo wa Mungu; ngojeeni rehema ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo itakayowafikisha kwenye uzima wa milele. 22 Wavuteni wale wenye mashaka. 23 Okoeni wengine kwa kuwany akua kutoka katika moto; wengine wahurumieni, lakini mwogope, mkichukia hata mavazi yao yaliyochafuliwa kwa tamaa zao za dhambi.

24 Basi, utukufu ni wake yeye awezaye kuwalinda msianguke na kuwafikisheni bila hatia mbele ya utukufu wake mkiwa na furaha.

New Living Translation

Jude

Greetings from Jude

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]

May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.

The Danger of False Teachers

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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.[c] 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. 1 Or keeps you for Jesus Christ.
  2. 5 Other manuscripts read [the] Lord, or God, or God Christ.
  3. 8 Greek at glorious ones, which are probably evil angels.
  4. 9 Greek Michael, the archangel.
  5. 12 Or they are contaminants among you; or they are stains.
  6. 14-15 The quotation comes from intertestamental literature: Enoch 1:9.
  7. 20 Greek pray in the Holy Spirit.
  8. 22 Some manuscripts read must reprove.
  9. 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.
  10. 23b Greek with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.