THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF
Contend for the faith—Some angels kept not their first estate—Michael disputed about the body of Moses—Enoch prophesied of Second Coming—Mockers shall come in the last days.
, the bservant
of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to awrite
unto you of the common bsalvation
, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
that ye should cearnestly dcontend
for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain amen
crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, bungodly
men, turning the grace of our God into clasciviousness
, and ddenying
the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having asaved
the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward bdestroyed
them that cbelieved
And the aangels
which kept not their bfirst cestate
, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the djudgment
of the great day.
Even as aSodom
and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to bfornication
, and going after cstrange
flesh, are set forth for an dexample
, suffering the evengeance
of eternal fire.
Likewise also these afilthy
the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of cMoses
, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
But 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 aCain
, and ran greedily after the error of bBalaam
for reward, cand
perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: aclouds they are
without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering astars
, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord bcometh
with ten thousands of his csaints
To aexecute bjudgment
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 cspeeches
which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are amurmurers
, complainers, walking after their own blusts
; and their mouth cspeaketh
great swelling words,
having men’s persons in admiration because of dadvantage
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be amockers
in the blast
time, who should cwalk
after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who aseparate
themselves, sensual, having not the bSpirit
But ye, beloved, abuilding
up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have acompassion
, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them
out of the afire
; hating even the bgarment
spotted by the flesh.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you afaultless
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.