Always Believe and Obey Only God’s True Message
An EasyEnglish Version with Notes (1200 word vocabulary) of the Letter of Jude
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v1 This letter is from me, Jude. I am Jesus Christ’s servant and I am James’s brother. I am writing to you people that God, the Father, loves. God has chosen you to be his own people, and he is keeping you safe for Jesus Christ.
v2 I want you to know more and more how very kind God is to you. I pray that he will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves more and more. And I want you to know more and more how much God loves you.
v3 My friends that I love, I was wanting very much to write to you. I was wanting to write about how God has saved all of us. But instead, now I must write to you about something else. I must ask you very strongly to be like people who fight to keep God’s true message safe. You must not let anyone stop you believing it. You must not let anyone stop you obeying it. God has given this true message to his people, and his message will never change.
v4 I say this because certain bad men have come among you secretly. Those men do not want to obey God. Instead, they do whatever bad things they want to do. ‘God lets us do these things because he is so very kind’, they say. So they are trying to change God’s true message. And, because they do these things, they are turning away from our only Master and *Lord, Jesus Christ. Many years ago, people wrote that God would *punish this kind of bad people.
v5 I want to tell you again about certain things. You know these facts already, but I want you to remember them. Remember how the *Lord brought Israel’s people out of the country called Egypt. At that time, he saved them. But later he destroyed all those people who did not believe him. v6 Also, remember the *angels who refused to obey God. They took authority that God had not given to them. They left their own proper place in *heaven. So God has tied them up for always. He has put them in the dark place below. He will keep them there until that great day when he will decide about everyone. He will decide what should happen to everyone in the world.
v7 Also, remember the cities called Sodom and Gomorrah, and the other cities that were near them. The people who lived in those cities were doing bad things also, like those bad *angels. They were having sex with people who were not their husbands or their wives. They were wanting very much to have sex in ways that are not right. God is *punishing those people. He has put them into the fire that never stops burning. And that shows us what will happen to bad people like them.
v8 These people who have come among you are doing the same kind of bad things. Because of their dreams, they do wrong things with their bodies. They refuse God’s authority. And they say bad things about the beautiful, good *angels. v9 Even Michael, who was one of the most important *angels, did not speak bad words like that about the *Devil. Many, many years ago, Michael was arguing with the *Devil about who should have Moses’ body. But Michael did not think that he himself was important enough to speak bad words to the *Devil. Instead, Michael said only this: ‘The *Lord must tell you that you are wrong.’ v10 But these men speak bad words against anything that they do not understand. They are like animals that cannot think. They do the things that their nature causes them to do. And those are the things that destroy them.
v11 Very bad things will happen to these false teachers. They have done the same kind of things as Cain did. Also, like Balaam, they wanted money so much that they have rushed to do wrong things. And, like Korah, they have refused to obey God, so God will destroy them.
v12 When you Christians meet as friends to eat special meals together, these false teachers meet with you. But they come only because they want to eat and to drink. They do not think about God or about other people. They think about themselves only, and they are not ashamed about that. They are like dangerous rocks in the sea that a ship must stay away from. They are like clouds that bring no rain. The wind just carries those clouds along. They are like trees that have no fruit, even at the right season for fruit. People pull trees like that out of the ground. So it is like those trees have died twice.
v13 Those false teachers are like the water in the sea that moves very much during a storm. That water brings up a lot of dirt to the top of the sea. That dirt is like a picture of all the bad, dirty things that those people do. Those false teachers are like stars that have moved away from their proper places in the sky. So God has prepared a completely black, dark place for them, where they will have to stay always.
v14 Enoch belonged to the seventh (number 7) family that was born after Adam. Enoch spoke about people like these false teachers also. He said: ‘Look, the *Lord will come with thousands and thousands of his completely good *angels. v15 He will decide what should happen to all people. He will decide to *punish all the bad people who have refused to obey him. He will *punish them because of all the bad things that they have done against him. He will *punish them because of all the bad words that they have spoken against him.’
v16 These people are always saying that they themselves are not happy about things. They are always saying that other people have done things wrong. But they do whatever bad things they want to do. They speak great things about themselves, to show how important they are. But they say good things about other people only when they want something from those people.
v17 But remember, my friends, what the *Lord Jesus Christ’s special teachers said before. They spoke about what would happen in future times. v18 They said this to you: ‘In the last times, some people will think that God and God’s rules are not important. They will say that it is silly to obey God. They will not want to obey him. Instead, they will do whatever bad things they want to do.’ v19 It is these people who cause you Christians not to agree with each other. They cause you to belong to separate groups. These people let the things that belong to this world rule them. They do what they want to do. They do not have God’s Spirit in them.
v20 But you, my friends, have believed the message that comes from God himself. And you must do everything that you can to believe it more and more strongly. You must help each other to believe it. Let God’s Spirit lead you when you pray. v21 Always remember that God loves you. So you should love and obey him always. And you should love other people. Love like this while you wait for our *Lord Jesus Christ to come. He will cause you to live with him always, because he is so very kind.
v22 Some people are not completely sure whether God’s message is really true. You must be kind to those people and you must try to help them. v23 Some people are turning away from God and they are doing bad things. If they turn away completely, God will *punish them in the fire. So you must try to stop those people. Then you will save them, because you will pull them out of the fire.
There are other people that you must try to help also. They are like people with very dirty clothes, because of all the bad, dirty things that they do. But you must be very careful, so that they do not lead you away from God. You must be careful like someone who will not even touch those people’s dirty clothes.
v24 God is able to keep you safe so that you do not go the wrong way. He is able to make you completely good and clean inside yourselves. And so he can bring you near to himself. You will come near to the beautiful light that shines from him. You will stand in front of God, who is so very great and good. And you will be very, very happy. v25 He is the only God. He saves us by our *Lord Jesus Christ. So everyone should thank him always! Everyone should say how very great he is always! He has had all power and authority and he has ruled since time began, until now. And he will have all power and authority always! This is true.
angel ~ *spirit *being. Good angels come from God’s home above the earth. They are God’s servants and they bring messages from God to people.
being ~ a person or animal that is alive.
Devil ~ the Devil is the leader and the worst of the bad *angels. He is the worst enemy of God. He is also called Satan.
heaven ~ the place above the earth where God and Jesus Christ live.
Lord ~ master; another name for God. It means that he is greater than everyone else.
Old Testament ~ the first part of the Bible, which describes events before Jesus Christ was born on earth.
punish ~ to hurt someone, or to cause trouble for them, because they have done bad things.
spirit ~ a *being that is always alive, even without a body. A person’s spirit is the part of them that will always be alive. It will be alive even after their body is dead. There are good spirits, like God’s Spirit and his *angels. And there are bad spirits, like Satan (God’s enemy) and his *angels.
Greenlee J. H. ~ An Exegetical Summary of Jude ~ Dallas, SIL 1999
Barclay W. ~ The Letters of John & Jude ~ St. Andrews Press ~ Revised edition 1998
Lucas D. & Green C. ~ The Message of 2 Peter & Jude ~ The Bible Speaks Today ~ Leicester, IVP 1995
Green M. ~ 2 Peter and Jude ~ Tyndale NT Commentaries ~ Leicester, IVP 1987
Charles R. H. (translator) ~ The Book of Enoch ~ SPCK 1997
Nigeria Bible Translation Trust ~ A Translator’s Display of Colossians and Jude
© 1997-2003, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).
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