1I, 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.
2May more and more mercy, peace and love be given to you.
A Warning Against the Sin of Ungodly People
3Dear 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. 4Certain 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.
5I 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. 6Some 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. 7The 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.
8In 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. 9But 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!” 10But 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.
11How 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.
12These 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. 13They 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.
14Enoch 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. 15He 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.” 16These 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
17Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said would happen. 18They told you, “In the last days, some people will make fun of the truth. They will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19They are the people who separate you from one another. They do only what comes naturally. They are not led by the Holy Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. 21And 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.
22Show mercy to those who doubt. 23Save 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
24Give 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. 25Give 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.
1Yesu Kristo somfo Yuda a ɔyɛ Yakobo nua na ɔkyerɛw krataa yi,
Ɔde kɔmaa wɔn a Onyankopɔn afrɛ wɔn na wɔte Agya Onyankopɔn dɔ ne Yesu Kristo bammɔ mu:
2Mmɔborɔhunu ne ɔdɔ a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Me nnamfonom, anka merebɔ mmɔden akyerɛw mo afa nkwagye a yɛn nyinaa te mu no ho. Nanso ɛsɛ sɛ mekyerɛw mo wɔ asɛm foforo ho na moyere mo ho gyina nokware a Onyankopɔn de ama ne nkurɔfo afebɔɔ, a ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔsesa mu da biara da no mu. 4Nnipa bi awiawia wɔn ho abɛfra yɛn mu a wɔkyea asɛm a ɛfa yɛn Nyankopɔn adom no ho ka se adom no nti ɔbra bɔne nsɛe hwee. Wonnye Yesu Kristo a ɔno nko ara ne yɛn Wura ne yɛn Awurade no nto mu. Kyerɛwsɛm no aka wɔn afɔbu a aba wɔn so no ho asɛm dedaw.
5Ɛwɔ mu sɛ munim eyinom dedaw, nanso mepɛ sɛ mekae mo adwene wɔ gye a Awurade gyee Israelfo fii Misraim asase so na akyiri no, ɔsɛee wɔn a na wonnye asɛm no nni no ho. 6Monkae abɔfo a wodii tumi traa so ma wogyaw wɔn atenae no. Wɔagu wɔn nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn wɔ sum kabii mu, na Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie retwɛn da kɛse no na wabu wɔn atɛn. 7Monkae Sodom ne Gomora ne nkurow a na atwa wɔn ho ahyia no sɛ, na mu nnipa no yɛ nguamanfo. Onyankopɔn twee wɔn aso de yɛɛ nhwɛso maa wɔn a wobenya asotwe a ɛde wɔn bɛkɔ ogya a ennum da no mu.
8Saa ɔkwan koro no ara so na adaesofo yi nam. Wugu wɔn ankasa nipadua ho fi. Wɔpo tumidi, na wɔka nsɛmmɔne fa anuonyamfo a wɔwɔ ɔsoro no ho. 9Ɔbɔfopanyin Mikael mpo nyɛɛ saa da. Bere a Mikael ne ɔbonsam repere Mose amu so a akasakasa sii wɔn ntam no mpo, wantew ɔbonsam atua, na mmom asɛm a ɔkae ara ne sɛ, “Awurade nka wʼanim.” 10Nanso saa nnipa yi tew nneɛma a wɔnte ase ho atua. Na nneɛma a wɔn abɔsu mu wɔnte ase no, sɛnea nkekaboa yɛ no, saa nneɛma koro no ara na ɛbɛsɛe wɔn.
11Wonnue! Ɔkwan a Kain faa so no ara so na wɔnam. Sikanibere nti, wɔde wɔn ho akɔhyɛ Bileam nnaadaasɛm ase. Wɔatew Onyankopɔn so atua sɛnea Kora yɛe pɛpɛɛpɛ, eyi nti wɔbɛsɛe wɔn.
12Wɔte sɛ nkekae fi a ɛwɔ onua aduan a ɔne wo di mu a wɔmfɛre ho. Wɔn ani ku wɔn ara wɔn ho. Na wɔte sɛ omununkum a esi na mframa bɔ no, nanso osu ntɔ. Wɔte sɛ nnua a ɛnsow aba asusowbere mu. Wɔte sɛ nnua a wɔatutu ne ntin ama awu koraa. 13Wɔte sɛ po asorɔkye a ano yɛ den a ehuru sɛ ahuru da wɔn aniwude adi. Wɔte sɛ nsoromma a ekyinkyin a Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie ɔsɛe sum kabii mu afebɔɔ.
14Henok, Adam aseni a ɔto no so asia na ɔhyɛɛ saa nnipa yi ho nkɔm teteete sɛ, “Hwɛ, Awurade ne nʼabɔfo Kronkron mpempem reba, 15na wɔabebu mo nyinaa atɛn na wɔabu nnebɔneyɛfo nyinaa atɛn wɔ wɔn bɔne a wɔayɛ ne nsɛm a wɔaka atia Onyankopɔn no ho.” 16Bere biara, saa nnipa yi nwiinwii na wɔde mfomso to afoforo so. Wodi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi. Wɔhoahoa wɔn ho na wɔdaadaa afoforo sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wɔbɛba abedi wɔn akyi.
17Me nnamfonom, monkae nsɛm a yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo asomafo no kae. 18Wɔkae se, “Sɛ awiei no du a nnipa a wodi mo ho fɛw na wodi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi bɛba.” 19Eyinom ne nnipa a wɔnam wɔn akɔnnɔ so de mpaapaemu ba no. Na wonni Honhom no wɔ wɔn mu.
20Enti, mo a moyɛ me nnamfonom, mitu mo fo sɛ, monkɔ so mmia mo gyidi mu. Mommɔ mpae wɔ Honhom Kronkron no tumi mu, 21na montena Onyankopɔn dɔ mu bere a moretwɛn yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo wɔ nʼahummɔbɔ mu ama wama mo nkwa a enni awiei no.
22Munhu wɔn a wɔn gyidi sua no mmɔbɔ. 23Montwe wɔn mfi ogya mu nnye wɔn nkwa. Momfa osuro nhu wɔn mmɔbɔ, na munkyi ntade a wɔn bɔne nkekae akeka mu no.
24Na nea obetumi aso mo mu na moanhintiw, na ɔde mo asi nʼanuonyam anim sɛ nnipa a wonni dɛm wɔ ahosan mu no, 25Onyankopɔn koro a ɔnam yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo so yɛ yɛn Agyenkwa no, ɔno na anuonyam ne kɛseyɛ ne ahoɔden ne tumi nka no mmere a atwam, ne nnɛ ne daa nyinaa. Amen.