ALT(i) 1 Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To the called [ones], having been sanctified by God the Father and having been kept in Jesus Christ. 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to youp! 3 Beloved, making all diligence [or, while I was making every effort] to be writing to youp concerning the common salvation, I had necessity to write to youp urging [youp] to be contending earnestly for the faith having been handed down once for all [time] to the holy ones [or, saints]. 4 For certain people wormed their way in, the ones having been marked out long ago for this judgment, godless [ones], perverting the grace of our God into flagrant sexual immorality and denying our only Master, God, and Lord— Jesus Christ [or, the only Master God and our Lord Jesus Christ]. 5 But I want to remind youp, youp knowing this once [and] for all, that the Lord having saved [or, delivered] a people out of [the] land of Egypt, afterward destroyed the ones not having believed. 6 And angels, the ones not having kept their own domain, but having left their own habitation, He has kept under darkness in everlasting chains for [the] judgment of [the] great Day. 7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, in a similar manner to these [angels], having indulged in sexual sin and having gone after different flesh [fig., having engaged in homosexual sex], are exhibited [as] an example of suffering [the] divine justice of eternal fire. 8 Likewise indeed even these dreaming ones defile [the] flesh and regard authority as nothing [or, reject authority], blaspheme glories [fig., angelic beings]. 9 But Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil, he was arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but he said, "May the Lord rebuke you!" 10 But these indeed slander as many [things] as they do not know [or, understand], but as many [things] as they understand by natural instinct (like the irrational animals), by these they are destroyed [or, corrupted]. 11 How horrible it will be to them! Because they traveled in [fig., followed] the way of Cain, and for pay they plunged into the deception of Balaam, and they perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12 These are hidden rocks in the sea [fig., hidden dangers] in yourp love-feasts [fig., fellowship meals], feasting together without fear, shepherding [fig., caring only for] themselves, clouds without water, being carried along by winds, late autumn [i.e., harvest season] trees without fruit, twice having died, having been uprooted, 13 wild waves of [the] sea, splashing up their own shames like foam, wandering stars [fig., stars out of their orbits], for whom the thick gloom of the darkness [fig., the gloomy hell] has been reserved into [the] age [fig., forever]. 14 Now Enoch, [in] the seventh [generation] from Adam, also prophesied about these [people], saying, "Look! The Lord came with countless thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly ones among them concerning all their ungodly deeds which they committed in an ungodly way, and concerning all the harsh [words] which ungodly sinners spoke against Him." 16 These are grumblers, complainers, going [fig., living] according to their lusts, and their mouth speaks swollen [fig., pompous] [words], admiring faces [fig., flattering people] for the sake of [gaining] an advantage. 17 But youp, beloved, remember the words, the ones having been spoken previously by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to youp, that in [the] last time there will be scoffers, going [fig., living] according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are the ones causing divisions, worldly, not having [the] Spirit. 20 But youp, beloved, building yourselves up in yourp most holy faith, praying in [the] Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in [the] love of God, waiting for [or, expecting] the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And be having mercy on some, making a distinction [between persons], 23 but others be saving with fear, snatching [them] out of a fire, hating even the tunic [or, garment] having been polluted [or, defiled] by the flesh. 24 Now to the One being able to keep them from stumbling and to make [youp] stand in the presence of His glory unblemished [or, blameless], with great happiness, 25 To [the] only wise God our Savior, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and authority, both now and to all the ages [fig., forevermore]! So be it!