the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified
by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, (o. agape) be multiplied.
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was necessary
for me to write unto you, and exhort you that all of you should earnestly contend
for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept in unexpectedly, who were
before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus
will therefore put you in remembrance, though all of you once knew this, how that
the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed
them that believed not.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left
their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto
the judgment of the great day.
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in
like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh,
are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil
Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body
of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord
these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally,
as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and
ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying
are spots in your feasts of love, (o. agape) when they feast with you, feeding
themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved
the blackness of darkness for ever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are
ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed,
and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks
great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
beloved, remember all of you the words (o. rhema) which were spoken before of
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last
time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not
the Spirit. (o. pneuma)
But all of you, beloved, building up yourselves on your
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (o. pneuma)
Keep yourselves in the love (o. agape) of God, looking for
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted
by the flesh.
unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before
the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.