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Song of Solomon
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1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of
James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and kept for
Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy to you and peace and love be multiplied.
3 Beloved, while I was very eager to write to you
about our common salvation, I was constrained to write to you exhorting you to
contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
4 For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were
long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into indecency, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus
5 Now I desire to remind you, though you already
know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt,
afterward destroyed those who didn’t believe. 6 Angels who didn’t keep
their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in
everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities
around them, having, in the same way as these, given themselves over to sexual
immorality and gone after strange flesh, are shown as an example, suffering the
punishment of eternal fire. 8 Yet in the same way, these also in their
dreaming defile the flesh, despise authority, and slander celestial beings. 9 But
Michael, the archangel, when contending with the devil and arguing about the
body of Moses, dared not bring against him an abusive condemnation, but said,
“May the Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever things they
don’t know. They are corrupted in these things that they understand naturally,
like irrational animals.
11 Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain,
and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah’s
rebellion. 12 These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they
feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without
water, carried along by winds; autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked
up by the roots; 13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.
14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones,
15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their
works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the
hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are
murmurers and complainers, walking after their lusts (and their mouth speaks
proud things), showing admiration for persons to gain advantage.
17 But you, beloved, remember the words which
have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They
said to you that “In the last time there will be mockers, walking after their
own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are they who cause divisions, and are
sensual, not having the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, keep building up
yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
to eternal life. 22 On some have compassion, making a distinction, 23 and
some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing
stained by the flesh.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy, 25 to
God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and forever. Amen.
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