An attempt to put Jude’s letter in verse


I originally did this as an exercise in helping me memorize Scripture. I pray it might be useful for you too.

From Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ

Of James, a brother son

To those Beloved in Father God

And kept for Christ The Son

 

May mercy multiply to you

May peace be greater still

And love o’er flow your hearts as well

‘Tis this my prayerful will

 

In eagerness I longed to write

Of our salvation shared

But bound by need appeal to you

To let your arm be bared

 

To fight and strive, contending for

The faith we have believed

The once-for-all delivered faith

That we by faith received

 

For some have crept in secretly

Whose end has been foretold

A condemnation fitting such

Who dare to be so bold

 

Ungodly, they pervert God’s grace

As license still to sin

Denying Jesus Christ as Lord

In serving self, not Him

 

Christ always leads us out from sin

From bondage sets us free

Just as He did with Israel

From Egypt’s slavery

 

But those who proved they disbelieved

In judgment He condemned

They perished in the Wilderness

And met their bitter end

 

And even angels who rebelled

And left their proper place

Remain e’en now in dark and chains

Awaiting judgment day

Or think of all in Sodom’s plane

Whose immorality

Brought fire upon their wicked heads

Then and eternally

 

And yet like those are some with you

Relying on their dreams

Defile, reject authority,

And glorious ones blaspheme

 

Imagining exaltedness

They haughtily defame

And mock the fallen angels now

Beyond their right domain

 

Ignoring even Michael sent

For Moses lying dead

Refrained from using judging words

“The Lord rebuke you” said

 

But these, who do not understand

Serve instincts of their flesh

And are destroyed accordingly

By lusts left unaddressed

 

No word but “woe” belongs to them

They’ve walked the way of Cain

And given themselves over to

The vile pursuit of gain

 

Abandoned up to Balaam’s ways

And Korah’s lust for pow’r

Each perished in their wicked ways

Condemned in judgment’s hour

 

Like hidden reefs just out of sight

Their danger sight unseen

They fearlessly join fellowship

Not knowing what it means

 

They pose as shepherds to Christ’s flock

But feed themselves alone

As useless and as weightless, they

As rainless clouds are blown

Fruitless, like out of season trees

Twice dead, uprooted, bare

Like agitated, foaming waves

With only shame to wear

 

Like wand’ring stars without a course

With no God given path

The gloom of utter darkness waits

Their doom in Heaven’s wrath

 

Were we not warned? Indeed we were

The ancient Enoch wrote

Their words and deeds ungodly done

Our holy God did note

 

And when He comes to judge at last

With all His angels there

Each grumbling, restless, boasting one

Will find their shame laid bare

 

So you beloved, don’t forget

The Lord’s apostles told

Ungodly scoffers would arise

Divisive, fleshly, bold

 

Devoid the Spirit of our Christ

And married to the world

The wrath of God umixed in time

At them will sure be hurled

 

Be busy building yourselves up

In The most holy faith

By praying in the Holy Ghost

While for His mercy wait

 

Keep all yourself in heart and mind

Immersed in God’s great love

In mercy tend to those who doubt 

Keep pointing them above

 

And those enkindled by false truths

Pluck burning from the fire

Whilst fearing lest you too be singed

And sooted by the Liar

All praise to Him whose pow’r to keep

From stumbling as to fall

That blameless we might be in Him

According to His call

 

Presenting each with greatest joy

Before God’s gloried face

To God, our Savior, Jesus Christ

Be endless, highest praise

 

For majesty, dominion’s reign

Supreme authority

From all time and forever more

Let all praise rise to Thee.

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