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 licence 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 for ever.
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 fault-finders; 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 Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.
1Yesu Kristo ɔsomfoɔ Yuda a meyɛ Yakobo nua na metwerɛɛ krataa yi,
Mede kɔma wɔn a Onyankopɔn afrɛ wɔn na wɔte Agya Onyankopɔn dɔ ne Yesu Kristo banbɔ mu:
2Mmɔborɔhunu ne ɔdɔ a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Me nnamfonom, anka merebɔ mmɔden atwerɛ mo afa nkwagyeɛ a yɛn nyinaa te mu no ho. Nanso, ɛsɛ sɛ metwerɛ mo wɔ asɛm foforɔ ho na moyere mo ho gyina nokorɛ a Onyankopɔn de ama ne nkurɔfoɔ afebɔɔ, a ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔsesa mu da biara da. 4Nnipa bi awiawia wɔn ho abɛfra yɛn mu a wɔkyea asɛm a ɛfa yɛn Onyankopɔn adom no ka sɛ adom no enti abrabɔ bɔne nsɛe hwee. Wɔnnye Yesu Kristo a ɔno nko ara ne yɛn Wura ne yɛn Awurade no nto mu. Atwerɛsɛm no aka wɔn afɔbuo a aba wɔn so no ho asɛm dada.
5Ɛwom sɛ monim yeinom dada, nanso mepɛ sɛ mekae mo adwene wɔ ɔgye a Awurade gyee Israelfoɔ firii Misraim asase so na akyire yi, ɔsɛee wɔn a na wɔnnye asɛm no nni no ho. 6Monkae abɔfoɔ a wɔdii tumi trasoɔ ma wɔgyaa wɔn atenaeɛ no. Wɔagu wɔn nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn wɔ sum kabii mu, na Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie retwɛn ɛda kɛseɛ no, na wabu wɔn atɛn. 7Monkae Sodom ne Gomora ne nkuro a na atwa wɔn ho ahyia no sɛ, na emu nnipa no yɛ adwamanfoɔ. Onyankopɔn twee wɔn aso de yɛɛ nhwɛsoɔ maa wɔn a wɔbɛnya asotwe a ɛde wɔn kɔ ogya a ɛnnum da no mu.
8Saa ɛkwan korɔ no ara so na adaeɛsofoɔ yi nam. Wogu wɔn ankasa onipadua ho fi. Wɔpo tumidie, na wɔka nsɛmmɔne fa animuonyamfoɔ a wɔwɔ ɔsoro ho. 9Ɔbɔfopanin Mikael mpo nyɛɛ saa da. Ɛberɛ a Mikael ne ɔbonsam repere Mose amu so a akasakasa sii wɔn ntam no mpo, wante ɔbonsam atua, na mmom, asɛm a ɔkaeɛ ara ne sɛ, “Awurade nka wʼanim.” 10Nanso, saa nnipa yi te nneɛma a wɔnte aseɛ ho atua. Sɛdeɛ mmoa a wɔnni nyansa di wɔn atenka akyi no, saa ara na wɔn nso wɔdi wɔn atenka akyi wɔ nneɛma a wɔnte aseɛ ho, na yei de ɔsɛeɛ bɛba wɔn so.
11Wɔnnue! Ɛkwan a Kain faa so no ara so na wɔnam. Sikanibereɛ enti, wɔde wɔn ho akɔhyɛ Bileam nnaadaasɛm ase. Wɔate atua atia Onyankopɔn sɛdeɛ Kora yɛeɛ pɛpɛɛpɛ. Yei enti wɔbɛsɛe wɔn.
12Wɔte sɛ nkekaeɛ fi a ɛwɔ wo nua aduane a ɔne wo di mu a wɔmfɛre ho. Wɔn ani ku wɔn ara wɔn ho. Na wɔte sɛ omununkum a ɛsi na mframa bɔ no, nanso osuo ntɔ. Wɔte sɛ nnua a ɛnso aba asusɔberɛ mu. Wɔte sɛ nnua a wɔatutu ne nhini ama awu koraa. 13Wɔte sɛ ɛpo asorɔkye a ano yɛ den a ɛhuru sɛ ahuro da wɔn aniwudeɛ adi. Wɔte sɛ nsoromma a ɛkyinkyini a Onyankopɔn de wɔn asie ɔsɛeɛ esum kabii mu afebɔɔ.
14Henok, Adam aseni a ɔtɔ no so nsia na ɔhyɛɛ saa nnipa yi ho nkɔm teteete sɛ, “Hwɛ, Awurade ne nʼabɔfoɔ Kronkron mpempem reba, 15na wɔabɛbu mo nyinaa atɛn na wɔabu nnebɔneyɛfoɔ nyinaa atɛn wɔ wɔn bɔne a wɔayɛ ne nsɛm a wɔaka atia Onyankopɔn no ho.” 16Ɛberɛ biara, saa nnipa yi nwiinwii na wɔde mfomsoɔ to afoforɔ so. Wɔdi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi. Wɔhoahoa wɔn ho na wɔdaadaa afoforɔ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, wɔbɛba abɛdi wɔn akyi.
17Me nnamfonom, monkae nsɛm a yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo asomafoɔ no kaeɛ. 18Wɔkaa sɛ, “Sɛ awieeɛ no duru a, nnipa a wɔdi mo ho fɛ bɛba, wɔn a wɔdi wɔn akɔnnɔ akyi.” 19Yeinom ne nnipa a wɔnam wɔn akɔnnɔ so de mpaapaemu ba no. Na wɔnni Honhom no wɔ wɔn mu.
20Enti, mo a moyɛ me nnamfonom, metu mo fo sɛ, monkɔ so mmia mo gyidie mu. Mommɔ mpaeɛ wɔ Honhom Kronkron no tumi mu, 21na montena Onyankopɔn dɔ mu ɛberɛ a moretwɛn yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo wɔ nʼahummɔborɔ mu ama wama mo nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ no.
22Monhunu wɔn a wɔn gyidie sua mmɔbɔ. 23Montwe wɔn mfiri ogya mu nnye wɔn nkwa. Momfa suro nhunu wɔn mmɔbɔ, na monkyiri ntadeɛ a wɔn bɔne nkekaeɛ akeka mu.
24Na deɛ ɔbɛtumi asɔ mo mu na moanhwinti, na ɔde mo asi nʼanimuonyam anim sɛ nnipa a wɔnni dɛm wɔ ahosane mu no, 25Onyankopɔn korɔ a ɔnam yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo so yɛ yɛn Agyenkwa no, ɔno na animuonyam ne kɛseyɛ ne ahoɔden ne tumi nka no mmerɛ a atwam, ne ɛnnɛ ne daa nyinaa. Amen.