The General Epistle of Jude

1:1Jude, the servant of JesusChrist, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God theFather, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 1:2Mercy unto you, and peace, andlove, be multiplied.

1:3Beloved, when I gaveall diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needfulfor me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestlycontend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 1:4For there are certain men crept inunawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodlymen, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying theonly Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:5I will therefore put you inremembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved thepeople out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believednot. 1:6And the angels whichkept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hathreserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of thegreat day. 1:7Even as Sodomand Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselvesover to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for anexample, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 1:8Likewise also these filthydreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 1:9Yet Michael the archangel,when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durstnot bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebukethee. 1:10But these speakevil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, asbrute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 1:11Woe unto them! for they have gonein the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward,and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 1:12These are spots in your feasts ofcharity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: cloudsthey are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruitwithereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 1:13Raging waves of the sea, foamingout their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness ofdarkness for ever. 1:14AndEnoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold,the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 1:15To execute judgment upon all, andto convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deedswhich they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speecheswhich ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 1:16These are murmurers, complainers,walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swellingwords, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

1:17But, beloved, rememberye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord JesusChrist; 1:18How that theytold you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk aftertheir own ungodly lusts. 1:19These be they who separatethemselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 1:20But ye, beloved, building upyourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 1:21Keep yourselves in the love ofGod, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 1:22And of some havecompassion, making a difference: 1:23And others save with fear,pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted bythe flesh.

1:24Now unto him that isable to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless beforethe presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 1:25To the only wise God our Saviour,be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769