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Poslanica Jude apostola

želim vam obilje Božje milosti, mira i ljubavi!

Opasnost od lažnih učitelja

Ljubljeni prijatelji, kanio sam vam pisati o našemu zajedničkom spasenju, ali sada vidim da moram pisati o nečemu drugome: potaknuti vas da se borite za istinu Radosne vijesti.[a] Tu nepromjenljivu istinu Bog je zauvijek dao svojemu svetom narodu.

Kažem to zato što su se među vas uvukli neki bezbožnici koji govore da nam milost Božjega praštanja dopušta živjeti poročnim životom. Propast takvih već je odavno zapisana jer su se okrenuli protiv našega jedinoga Gospodara i Gospodina, Isusa Krista.

želim vas podsjetiti na to - iako to i sami dobro znate - da je Gospodin, pošto je iz Egipta izbavio cijeli izraelski narod, poslije uništio one koji mu nisu ostali vjerni.

Sjetite se anđela koji su pogazili granicu ovlasti koju im je Bog dao te napustili svoje boravište. Bog ih drži okovane u paklenoj tami, gdje čekaju Dan suda.

Ne zaboravite Sodomu i Gomoru te obližnje gradove u kojima su se ljudi toliko odavali izopačenu bludu da su pošli i za tijelom druge vrste. Ti su gradovi uništeni ognjem kao primjer kazne vječnim ognjem kojim će biti kažnjeni zlikovci.

Tako i ti lažni učitelji, sanjari, i dalje žive pokvarenim životom, kaljaju svoje tijelo i ne priznaju Božju vlast te vrijeđaju Slavne.[b]

Čak ni arkanđeo Mihael, jedan od najmoćnijih anđela, nije se u prepirci s đavlom za Mojsijevo tijelo usudio izreći uvredljivu osudu, nego je samo rekao: 'Gospodin te ukorio!'

10 Ali ti se ljudi rugaju i vrijeđaju ono što ne razumiju. Kao nerazumne životinje, čine sve na što ih potiču tjelesni nagoni i tako srljaju u propast.

11 Teško njima jer slijede primjer Kajina koji je ubio svojega brata, jer su, kao i Bileam, spremni učiniti sve za novac te će, poput Koraha, propasti zbog svoje pobune.

12 Oni kaljaju vaša zajednička blagovanja kojima proslavljate ljubav Gospodnju i opasni su za vas jer na njima bestidno ugađaju sebi. Poput oblaka su koji suhoj zemlji ne donose kišu. Mnogo obećavaju, ali ništa ne daju. Oni su kao voćke koje u jesen ne donesu ploda. Već mrtve, i drugi put umiru kad se s korijenom iščupaju.

13 Poput mahnitih su morskih valova što se pjene vlastitim sramotama, poput lutajućih zvijezda koje će završiti u vječitoj, mračnoj tmini.

14 Patrijarh Henok, koji je živio sedam naraštaja nakon Adama, prorokovao je o takvim ljudima:
    'Gle, Gospodin dolazi
            s desettisućama svojih svetih.
15     Osudit će bezbožnike za sva zlodjela
    koja su počinili u svojoj pobuni i za sve uvrede što su ih bezbožni grešnici
    izgovorili protiv njega.'

16 Takvi su ljudi nezadovoljnici koji uvijek prigovaraju, a čine što god im se prohtije. Razmetljivi su hvalisavci i drugima laskaju da bi od njih izvukli korist.

Poziv na vjernost

17 Dragi moji, sjetite se što su prorekli apostoli našega Gospodina Isusa Krista:

18 Na koncu vremena doći će izrugivači koji će živjeti prema svojim bezbožnim požudama.

19 Takvi među vama prave razdore. žive prema tjelesnim nagonima jer nemaju u sebi Božjeg Duha.

20 Ali vi, ljubljeni prijatelji, morate izgrađivati svoj život na temelju svoje svete vjere. Molite se kako vas upućuje Sveti Duh.[c]

21 Očuvajte sebe u Božjoj ljubavi očekujući milosrđe našega Gospodina Isusa Krista za vječni život!

22 Budite milosrdni prema onima koji se kolebaju u vjeri.

23 Spašavajte ljude jer ih tako otimate iz samoga paklenog ognja. Ima i takvih kojima treba oprezno iskazivati milosrđe pazeći da njihovi grijesi i vas ne okaljaju.[d]

Hvalospjev Bogu

24 Sva slava Bogu, koji vas može očuvati da ne posrnete, koji će vas, čiste od grijeha i radosne, dovesti u svoju slavnu nazočnost.

25 Sva slava jedinom Bogu Spasitelju kroz našega Gospodina Isusa Krista. Slava, veličanstvo, sila i vlast pripadali su mu prije početka vremena, pa mu tako pripadaju i danas, i zauvijek. Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:3 U grčkome: da se borite za vjeru.
  2. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:8 Vjerojatno zla nebeska bića.
  3. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:20 U grčkome: molite se u Svetome Duhu.
  4. Poslanica Jude apostola 1:23 U grčkome: mrzeći i samu haljinu okaljanu njihovim tijelom.

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.

Footnotes

  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.