Paulo Ne Asomafo A Wɔaka No
1Me ne Barnaba san kɔɔ Yerusalem Mfe dunan akyi. Mede Tito nso kaa me ho. 2Mekɔe, efisɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔdaa no adi kyerɛɛ me se menkɔ. Me ne mpanyimfo no yɛɛ nhyiamu wɔ kokoa mu kyerɛkyerɛɛ asɛmpa a meka kyerɛɛ amanamanmufo no kyerɛɛ wɔn. Na mempɛ sɛ mʼadwuma a mayɛ dedaw ne nea migu so reyɛ no yɛ ɔkwa. 3Ɛwɔ mu sɛ me boafo Tito yɛ Helani de, nanso wɔanhyɛ no sɛ ontwa twetia. 4Asɛm yi sii, efisɛ na anuanom bi a wɔnyɛ nokwafo awia wɔn ho abɛfra yɛn mu a wɔrehwehwɛ ahofadi a yɛwɔ wɔ Kristo Yesu mu, na wɔde yɛn ayɛ nkoa. 5Yɛamma wɔn mu kwan koraa, esiane pɛ a na yɛpɛ sɛ nokware a ɛwɔ Asɛmpa no mu no bɛtena mo mu no nti.
6Sɛnea wɔn a wɔfa wɔn ho sɛ wɔyɛ atitiriw no te biara no, meka se minhu wɔn ntam nsonoe biara. Onyankopɔn nhwɛ nnipa ho mmu atɛn; saa mpanyimfo no mfaa adwene foforo biara mmɛkaa mʼasɛm no ho. 7Na mmom wohuu sɛ Onyankopɔn de adwuma no ahyɛ me nsa sɛ menka Asɛmpa no nkyerɛ amanamanmufo sɛnea ɔde adwuma no hyɛɛ Petro nsa sɛ ɔnka Asɛmpa no nkyerɛ Yudafo no ara pɛ. 8Na Onyankopɔn a ɔnam Petro so yɛ adwuma sɛ Yudafo mu somafo no ara na ɔnam me so yɛ adwuma wɔ amanamanmufo mu, sɛnea Petro yɛ Yudafo mu adwuma no pɛ. 9Yakobo, Petro ne Yohane a na wɔfa no sɛ wɔyɛ mpanyimfo no gye too mu se, Onyankopɔn ama me adwuma sononko bi sɛ minni, enti wokyiaa me ne Barnaba. Wɔpenee so se yɛnyɛ adwuma wɔ amanamanmufo no mu na wɔn nso wɔnyɛ adwuma wɔ Yudafo no mu. 10Nea wɔkae ara ne sɛ yɛnkae ahiafo wɔ wɔn kuw no mu sɛnea mepɛ sɛ meyɛ no.
11Bere a Petro baa Antiokia no, mesɔre tiaa nea ɔreyɛ no mu wɔ bagua mu, efisɛ na ɔreyɛ mfomso. 12Ansa na mmarima bi a Yakobo somaa wɔn no beduu hɔ no, na Petro ne anuanom amanamanmufo no to nsa didi. Nanso akyiri a nnipa no bedui no, ɔtwee ne ho a ɔne wɔn annidi bio, efisɛ na osuro wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wotwa amanamanmufo twetia no. 13Anuanom Yudafo a wɔaka no yɛɛ sɛ ahufo de wɔn ho bɔɔ Petro maa Barnaba nso de ne ho kɔbataa wɔn.
14Mihuu sɛ nea wɔreyɛ no ne Asɛmpa no bɔ abira no, mekaa wɔ Petro ne bagua no anim se, “Woyɛ Yudani a mprempren wunni Yudafo amanne so bio. Adɛn nti na wohyɛ amanamanmufo sɛ wonni Yudafo amanne so?
15“Yɛn a yɛyɛ Yudafo fi yɛn awo mu a yɛnyɛ amanamanmufo nnebɔneyɛfo no 16nim sɛ ansa na obi bedi bem wɔ Onyankopɔn anim no, na gye sɛ wagye Yesu Kristo adi a ɛnyɛ sɛ ɔbɛyɛ nea mmara no hwehwɛ sɛ ɔnyɛ no. Yɛn nso, yɛagye Kristo Yesu adi sɛnea yɛnam so bedi bem wɔ Onyankopɔn anim; efisɛ ɛnam gyidi so na wobebu yɛn bem, na ɛnyɛ mmara no apɛde a yɛyɛ no so.
17“Sɛ yɛpɛ sɛ wobu yɛn bem wɔ Kristo mu na sɛ ɛda adi sɛ yɛn nso yɛyɛ nnebɔneyɛfo a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ Kristo pene bɔne so? Ɛnte saa koraa. 18Na sɛ mifi ase yɛ nea magyae a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ meyɛ mmaratofo.
19“Efisɛ mpɛn dodow a mepɛɛ sɛ medi mmara no so no, mmara no buu me fɔ. Mmara no ankasa akum me. Ɛno nti minni mmara no tumi ase bio, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mɛtena ase ama Onyankopɔn mmom. Wɔabɔ me ne Kristo asennua mu, 20enti ɛnyɛ me na mete ase bio, na mmom Kristo no na ɔte me mu. Saa asetena a mete mu mprempren yi, mete ase wɔ Onyankopɔn Ba no a ɔdɔ me na ɔde ne nkwa maa me no gyidi mu. 21Mempo Onyankopɔn adom no. Sɛ onipa nam Mmara so fata Onyankopɔn anim a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ Kristo wu a owui no yɛ ɔkwa.”
Paul accepted by the apostles
1Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. 3Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6As for those who were held in high esteem – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favouritism – they added nothing to my message. 7On the contrary, they recognised that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,2:7 That is, Gentiles just as Peter had been to the circumcised.2:7 That is, Jews; also in verses 8 and 9 8For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9James, Cephas2:9 That is, Peter; also in verses 11 and 14 and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognised the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
Paul opposes Cephas
11When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
15‘We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in2:16 Or but through the faithfulness of… justified on the basis of the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no-one will be justified.
17‘But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a law-breaker.
19‘For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’2:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 14.