1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for1:1 Or by; or in Jesus Christ:
2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
The Sin and Doom of Ungodly People
3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about1:4 Or individuals who were marked out for condemnation long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord1:5 Some early manuscripts Jesus at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
8In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”1:9 Jude is alluding to the Jewish Testament of Moses (approximately the first century a.d.). 10Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.
11Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
12These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”1:15 From the Jewish First Book of Enoch (approximately the first century b.c.) 16These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
A Call to Persevere
17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.1:23 The Greek manuscripts of these verses vary at several points.
24To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! 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.