The Epistle of Jude
© 2009 William R. Finck Jr.
William Finck also has an online commentary for the Epistle of Jude here at Christogenea.org
1 Iouda, servant of Yahshua Christ and brother of Iakobos, to those beloved by Father Yahweh, even the chosen being preserved by Yahshua Christ, 2 mercy to you and peace and love be multiplied.
3 Beloved, making all haste to write to you concerning our common salvation I had necessity to write to you encouraging you to contend once for all for the faith having been delivered to the saints. 4 For some men have stolen in, those of old having been written about beforetime for this judgment, godless men, substituting the favor of our God for licentiousness and denying our only Master and Prince, Yahshua Christ.
5 But I desire to remind you, you all knowing that once for all the Prince having delivered the people from the land of Egypt, the second time destroyed those not believing, 6 and the messengers not having kept their first dominion but having forsaken their own habitation are kept under darkness in everlasting bindings for the judgment of the great day, 7 as Sodom and Gomorra and the cities around them in like manner with them committing fornication and having gone after different flesh are set forth an example, undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
8 Whereas likewise also these dreamers indeed defile the flesh while they reject authority and they blaspheme honor. 9 Yet Michael the chief messenger, when contending with the False Accuser he argued over the body of Moses, did not venture to bring a judgment for blasphemy, but said “The Prince should censure you!” 10 But these indeed blaspheme whatever they do not know, yet whatever is natural they understand like irrational beasts, by these things they destroy themselves. 11 Woe to them, because they have gone in the way of Kain and in deception they pour forth of the wages of Balaam and are destroyed in the disputation of Kore! 12 These are the spots in your feasts of charity, feasting together without fear, tending to themselves, clouds without water being carried away by the winds, late-autumn trees without fruit, twice dead being uprooted, 13 stormy waves of the sea foaming up their own shame, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness is kept forever!
14 And Enoch, seventh from Adam, prophesied to these saying “Behold, the Prince has come with ten thousands of His saints 15 to execute judgment against all and to convict every soul for all of their impious deeds which they committed impiously and for all of the harsh things which the impious wrongdoers have spoken against Him!” 16 These are grumbling murmurers going in accordance with their own lusts, and their mouths speak excesses, admiring appearances for the sake of advantage.
17 But you, beloved, must be mindful of the words spoken beforehand by the ambassadors of our Prince Yahshua Christ, 18 that they said to you that at the end of time there shall be scoffers going in accordance with their own lusts for impious things. 19 These are those making divisions, animals, not having the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in sanctity in your faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 must keep yourselves in the love of Yahweh, accepting the mercy of our Prince Yahshua Christ for eternal life. 22 And indeed have mercy upon those who are hesitating. 23 Now some you save snatching them from the fire, but some have mercy upon in fear, hating even garments having been defiled by the flesh.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you unfailing and to establish you in the presence of His honor blameless in great joy: 25 to Yahweh our only Savior through Yahshua Christ our Prince in honor, majesty, sovereignty and authority for all the ages, even now and for all eternity. Truly.