a slave of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the called ones who
have been loved by God the Father and have been kept by Jesus Christ.
2 May mercy peace and love be multiplied to you.
3 Beloved, making all haste to write to you concerning our common salvation, I needed to write to you exhorting you to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men crept in, the ones who of old had been previously written for this judgment, impious men, who make the grace of your God a pretext for wantonness and who deny our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ. 5 But I purpose to remind you, who once knew all things, that the Lord who saved the people out of the land of Egypt and in the second place destroyed those who did not believe, 6 and he has kept the angels who did not keep their rule, but who deserted their own habitation, in everlasting bonds under gloom for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorra and the cities around them, who in like manner committed fornication and went away after different flesh, are set forth an example of undergoing vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise indeed these dreamers also on one hand defile flesh, on the other despise lordship, and rail at glories. 9 But Michael the archangel, when he contended with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, dared not to bring on a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But on one hand these men rail at what things they do not know, on the other what things they understand naturally like the animals without reason, by these they are corrupted. 11 Woe to them, because they went in the way of Cain, and gave themselves up to the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the dispute of Korah. 12 These men are the rocks in your love feasts who feast together without fear, feeding themselves, waterless clouds that are carried away by winds, autumn trees without fruit which have died twice and have been uprooted, 13 fierce waves of the sea foaming up their shames, wandering stars, for whom the gloom of darkness has been kept unto the ages. 14 And Enoch the seventh from Adam prophesied to these men saying, “Behold the Lord came with ten thousand of his saints, 15 to do judgment against all men and to rebuke all the impious concerning all their works of impiety which they impiously did and concerning all the hard things which impious sinners spoke against him.” 16 These men are argumentative murmurers, who go according to their lusts, and their mouths speak arrogant things, admiring faces for the sake of advantage.
17 But you, beloved, be mindful of the words previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, because they told you, “At the last of the time there will be mockers who go according to their lusts of impious things.” 19 These men are the ones who make separations, natural, who do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in the your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And pity those who are wavering, 23 save some by seizing out of fire, others pity with fear, hating even the tunic that has been spotted by the flesh.
24 Now to the one who is able to guard you without stumbling and to set you unblemished with exultation before his glory, 25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, greatness, might, and authority before all the age and now and unto all the ages: Amen.