The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE LETTER OF JUDE

JUDE, a slave of Jesus Christ, and1 the brother of James, to those who have been called, who are dear to God the Father and have been kept through union with Jesus Christ; may mercy, peace, and2 love be granted you in abundance. Dear friends, I was just on the point3 of writing to you about our common salvation, when it became necessary for me to write and appeal to you to come to the defense of the faith that has once for all been intrusted to God's people. For some people have sneaked in4 among us -- their doom was foretold long ago -- godless persons, who turn the mercy of our God into an excuse for immorality, and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Now I want to remind you, though5 you know it all already, that he who brought the people safely out of the land of Egypt afterward destroyed the ones who did not believe, and the an-6 gels who neglected their responsibilities and abandoned their homes he has put in everlasting chains to be kept in darkness for the judgment of the great Day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the7 neighboring towns which like them indulged in immorality and unnatural vice stand as a warning, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

In that same way these dreamers de-8 file the body, make light of authority, and deride majesty. The archangel9 Michael himself, when he had the dispute with the devil about Moses' body, did not venture to condemn him for blasphemy; he only said, "May the Lord rebuke you!" But these people10 deride anything they do not understand, and the things they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, they use for their own destruction. Alas for11 them, for they follow Cain's path, they plunge into Balaam's error for gain, and they perish in rebelliousness like Korah's. They are stains on your reli-12 gious meals, where they carouse together, boldly attending to no one but themselves; rainless clouds driven before the wind; leafless trees without fruit, doubly dead, and uprooted; wild 13 sea waves foaming up their own shame; wandering stars doomed forever to utter darkness.

Of them also Enoch, in the seventh 14 generation from Adam, prophesied, when he said, "See! The Lord comes with his holy myriads to execute judg­ 15 ment upon all, and to convict all the godless of all the godless deeds they have done, and of all the harsh things that godless sinners have said against him."

These men are grumblers, dissatis- 16 fled with life. They go where their passions lead, their talk is arrogant and they cultivate people in the hope of gain.

But you, dear friends, must remem-17 ber what was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they said is to you, "In the last times there will be mockers who will go where their own godless passions lead." These are the 19 men who create division; they are animal and devoid of the Spirit. But you, 20 dear friends, must build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith and pray in the holy Spirit, and 21 keep in the love of God, and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring you to eternal life. Those whom 22 you pity in their uncertainty, save, snatching them out of the fire, and look 23 on others with pity mixed with fear, loathing even the clothes their animal natur has stained.

Now to him who is able to keep you 24 from stumbling and to make you stand in his presence irreproachable and triumphant -- to the one God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord now and forever and ever. Amen.

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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