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.