King James Version

Acts 23:1-35

1And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 5Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. 6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. 10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. 12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. 16And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me. 23And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cæsarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 25And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. 27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman. 28And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council: 29Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 30And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell. 31Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 33Who, when they came to Cæsarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia; 35I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Asomafo 23:1-35

1Paulo hwɛɛ agyinatufo no dinn kae se, “Anuanom, ahonim pa na mede ayɛ Onyankopɔn adwuma de abesi nnɛ da yi.” 2Anania a na ɔyɛ Ɔsɔfopanyin no hyɛɛ nnipa a na wogyina Paulo ho no se wɔmmɔ nʼano so. 3Paulo ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wo a wote sɛ ɔfasu a wɔasra ho fitaa, Onyankopɔn bɛbɔ wo. Wote ha de mmara rebu me atɛn, nanso wubu mmara no so hyɛ sɛ wɔmmɔ me!”

4Nnipa a na wogyina Paulo nkyɛn no bisaa no se, “Sɛɛ na ɛsɛ sɛ wokasa kyerɛ Onyankopɔn sɔfopanyin?”

5Paulo buaa wɔn se, “Anuanom, minnim sɛ ɔyɛ Ɔsɔfopanyin. Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, ‘Monnkasa ntia wɔn a wodi mo so.’ ”

6Bere a Paulo huu sɛ nnipa no bi yɛ Sadukifo na bi yɛ Farisifo no, ɔteɛɛ mu wɔ agyinatufo no anim se, “Me nuanom, meyɛ Farisini. Mʼawofo yɛ Farisifo. Gyidi a mewɔ wɔ awufosɔre mu no nti na migyina ha ama wɔredi mʼasɛm yi.” 7Asɛm a Paulo kae yi maa ntawntaw sii Farisifo ne Sadukifo no ntam maa wɔn mu kyɛɛ abien 8efisɛ na Sadukifo no nnye owusɔre, abɔfo ne honhom nni. Nanso Farisifo no de, wogye saa nneɛma abiɛsa no di.

9Nteɛteɛmu no kɔɔ so kosii sɛ Kyerɛwsɛm no akyerɛkyerɛfo no mu bi a wɔyɛ Farisifo no sɔre gyinaa hɔ kae se, “Yenhu bɔne biara a saa onipa yi ayɛ! Ebia honhom anaa ɔbɔfo na ɔkasa kyerɛɛ no!” 10Akasakasa no mu yɛɛ den maa ɔsafohene no suroo sɛ anhwɛ a wɔbɛtetew Paulo mu; ɛno nti ɔhyɛɛ nʼasraafo sɛ, wɔnkɔ nnipa no mu na wonkogye Paulo mfi wɔn nsam mfa no nkɔ aban mu.

11Anadwo no, Awurade begyinaa Paulo nkyɛn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Nsuro! Sɛnea woadi me ho adanse wɔ Yerusalem ha no, saa ara nso na kodi me ho adanse wɔ Roma.”

Wɔbɔ Paulo Ho Pɔw

12Ade kyee no, Yudafo bi hyia kaa ntam, dii nsew sɛ wɔrennidi na wɔrennom nso kosi sɛ wobekum Paulo. 13Na saa nnipa no dodow bɛboro aduanan. 14Afei wɔkɔɔ asɔfo mpanyin ne mpanyin no nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Yɛaka ntam adi nsew sɛ hwee renka yɛn ano kosi sɛ yebekum Paulo. 15Mo ne agyinatufo no nsoma nkɔ Roma ɔsafohene no nkyɛn nhyɛ da nka se, mopɛ sɛ mubisa nea Paulo ayɛ no mu yiye enti ɔmma wɔmfa no mmra mo anim. Ansa na wɔde no bedu hɔ no na yɛakum no dedaw.”

16Nanso Paulo wɔfaase bi tee pɔw a wɔabɔ no nti ɔkɔɔ aban mu hɔ kɔbɔɔ Paulo amanneɛ.

17Paulo frɛɛ asraafo mpanyin no mu baako ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wo ne aberante yi nkɔ ɔsahene no nkyɛn efisɛ ɔwɔ asɛm bi ka kyerɛ no.” 18Ɔsraani panyin no ne aberante no kɔɔ ɔsahene no nkyɛn.

Woduu hɔ no, ɔka kyerɛɛ ɔsahene no se, “Paulo a ɔda afiase no asoma me sɛ memfa aberante yi mmehu wo na ɔwɔ asɛm bi ka kyerɛ wo.”

19Ɔsahene no soo aberante no nsa de no kogyinaa nkyɛn baabi bisaa no se, “Asɛm bɛn na wowɔ ka kyerɛ me?”

20Aberante no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Yudafo mpanyin no abɔ pɔw sɛ ɔkyena wɔbɛhyɛ da abɛsrɛ wo na woama wɔde Paulo abrɛ agyinatufo no sɛ wɔrebebisa no ne nsɛm no mu yiye. 21Mma wɔnnaadaa wo. Efisɛ mmarima bɛboro aduanan bi a wɔaka ntam adi nsew sɛ wɔremfa hwee nka wɔn ano kosi sɛ wobenya Paulo akum no no bɛtetew no wɔ ɔkwan so. Nea wɔretwɛn ara ne sɛ wobɛma ho kwan.”

22Ɔsafohene no gyaa aberante no kwan ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Nka nkyerɛ obiara sɛ woabɛka asɛm biara akyerɛ me.”

Wɔde Paulo Kɔ Kaesarea

23Ɔsahene no frɛɛ nʼasraafo mpanyimfo baanu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Mompɛ asraafo ahannu ne apɔnkɔsotefo ne mpeawkurafo ahannu na mumfi ha anadwo nnɔnkron yi ara nkɔ Kaesarea. 24Mompɛ ɔpɔnkɔ mma Paulo na momfa no nkɔma Amrado Felike dwoodwoo.”

25Afei, ɔsahene no kyerɛw nhoma a emu nsɛm ka se:

26Me Klaudio Lisia a

Merekyerɛw wo Onuonyamfo Amrado Felike saa nhoma yi:

Kyia wo!

27Yudafo kyeree saa ɔbarima yi a anka wɔrekum no, nanso metee sɛ ɔyɛ Romani no, me ne mʼasraafo kogyee no fii wɔn nsam. 28Mepɛɛ sɛ mihu bɔne ko a wayɛ, enti mede no kɔmaa wɔn agyinatufo no. 29Mihui sɛ ɔnyɛɛ biribiara a ɛsɛ sɛ wogyina so kum no anaasɛ wɔde no to afiase. Asɛm a wɔka too ne so no fa wɔn mmara ho. 30Ɛno nti bere a metee sɛ Yudafo bi abɔ ne ho pɔw sɛ wɔbɛtɛw no akum no no, meyɛɛ mʼadwene sɛ mede no bɛbrɛ wo. Maka akyerɛ wɔn a wɔwɔ asɛm bi ka tia no no sɛ, wɔmmra wʼanim mmɛka.

31Asraafo no yɛɛ biribiara a wɔhyɛɛ wɔn sɛ wɔnyɛ no. Anadwo no ara wɔde Paulo kɔɔ Antipatri. 32Ade kyee no asraafo a wɔnam fam no san wɔn akyi, na wɔn a wɔte apɔnkɔ so no toaa so kɔɔ Kaesarea. 33Woduu no wɔde nhoma no maa Amrado no de Paulo hyɛɛ ne nsa. 34Amrado no kenkan nhoma no wiee no obisaa Paulo ɔman ko a ofi mu. Ɔtee sɛ ofi Kilikia no, 35ɔkae se, “Wɔn a wɔwɔ asɛm bi ka tia wo no ba a na metie wʼasɛm.” Afei ɔhyɛe se wɔmfa Paulo nkɔ Herode ahemfi na asraafo nwɛn no.