Epistle of Saint Jude
1 Jude, servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James, greets those
who have been called, to the beloved of God, the Father, and
to those protected by Jesus Christ.
2 May mercy come upon you, peace and love in great
3 My beloved, I had a great desire to write to you regarding
our salvation in common, but I have found myself forced to write instead
with the goal to exhort you to fight for the faith that has been once and for
all transmitted to the saints.
4 This is because amongst yourselves certain men have infiltrated, whose
condemnation was preannounced for some time. They are impious
as they make out of the grace of God a pretense for their
licentiousness and they repudiate our only Owner and Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I want to remind you what you all have already learned, once and
for all, that the Lord, after having saved the people by removing
them from Egypt, immediately made perish those who did not believe.
6 With regards to the angels who did not know how to preserve their preeminence and
they abandoned their own dwelling, the Lord has them eternally chained in the
darkness for the Judgment of the Great Day.
7 Sodom and Gomorrah, and the nearby cities also, which prostituted
themselves in a similar manner to these angels, allowing themselves to be dragged down
by relationships contrary to nature, have become for us an example,
submitted to the pains of the eternal fire.
8 The same happens with these impious ones: in their delirium they profane the flesh,
they despise Sovereignty and insult the glorious angels.
9 Now, the very same Archangel Michael, when he confronted the devil
and argued with him with regards to the body of Moses, did not dare to
utter against him any type of insulting judgement, but instead simply told him: "May
the Lord repress you."
10 These impious ones, on the other hand, insult that which they are ignorant of; and
that which they do know by natural instict, like irrational animals, serves them only
for their own self-ruin.
11 Woe to them! As they followed the path of Cain; for the love of money
they fell into the loss of Balaam and they perished in the rebellion of Korah.
12 They stain the fraternal meals, because they let themselves be carried away by
gluttony without any shame and they only try to satisfy themselves. They are like
waterless clouds carried away by the wind, autumnal trees without fruit,
doubly dead and uprooted from their roots.
13 Like ferocious waves of the sea, they toss out the foam of their own dishonors;
errant stars for which are reserved for evermore the density of the most utter
14 Enoch referred to them, the seventh patriarch after Adam, when he
prophecised: "The Lord is coming with his thousands of angels,
15 to judge all and condemn the impious for the wrongs they have
committed, and the sinners for the insolent words they uttered against
16 All these are discontented backbiters who live in conformity to the caprices and whims
of their passions: their mouths are filled with petulence and they flatter the rest for their own self interest.
17 As far as you, my beloved, remember what the Apostles of our Lord
Jesus Christ predicted.
18 They would tell you: "In the last times there will be people who will make fun of everything
and will live in accord with their own impious passions".
19 These are the ones who provoke divisions, sensual men who do not possess the Holy Spirit.
20 But you, my dearly beloved, edify yourselves over the basis of your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit.
21 Maintain yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord
Jesus Christ for the Eternal life.
22 Try to convince those who harbor doubts,
23 and save them, freeing them from the fire. With respect to the rest, have piety for them,
but with care, loathing the tunic contaminated by their body.
24 To the One that can preserve them from all their falls and make them appear without stain and with
joy in the presence of His glory,
25 to the only God Who is our Savior, through the
means of Jesus Christ Our Lord, may the glory, the honor, the strength and the power be His,
from before all time, now and for ever. Amen
From the translation of the Spanish edition of the Holy Bible
on the Vatican website.
Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus
by Bicci di Lorenzo; 1440; fresco detail; Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy;
October 28 - The Powerful Epistle of Saint Jude Thaddeus, Apostle
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