King James Version

Acts 8:1-40

1And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles. 2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8And there was great joy in that city. 9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. 25And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. 26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.

New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 8:1-40

1ሳውልም በእስጢፋኖስ መገደል ተስማምቶ ነበር።

የአማኞች መሰደድና መበተን

በዚያ ቀን በኢየሩሳሌም በነበረችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ላይ ታላቅ ስደት ተነሣ፤ ከሐዋርያትም በስተቀር አማኞች በሙሉ በይሁዳና በሰማርያ አውራጃዎች ሁሉ ተበተኑ፤ 2በመንፈሳዊ ነገር የተጉ ሰዎችም እስጢፋኖስን ቀበሩት፤ ደግሞም እጅግ አለቀሱለት። 3ሳውል ግን ቤተ ክርስቲያንን ለማጥፋት ታጥቆ ተነሣ፤ ከቤት ወደ ቤት በመግባትም ወንዶችንና ሴቶችን ጐትቶ እያወጣ ወህኒ ቤት ያስገባቸው ነበር።

ፊልጶስ በሰማርያ

4የተበተኑትም በሄዱበት ሁሉ ቃሉን ሰበኩ፤ 5ፊልጶስም ወደ አንዲት የሰማርያ ከተማ ወርዶ ክርስቶስን8፥5 ወይም መሲሕ ሰበከላቸው። 6ብዙ ሕዝብም ፊልጶስ የተናገረውን ሲሰሙና ያደረገውንም ታምራዊ ምልክቶች ሲያዩ፣ አንድ ልብ ሆነው ያዳምጡት ነበር። 7ርኵሳን8፥7 ወይም ክፉ መናፍስትም እየጮኹ ከብዙ ሰዎች ወጡ፤ ብዙ ሽባዎችና አንካሶችም ተፈወሱ፤ 8ከዚህ የተነሣም በከተማዪቱ ታላቅ ደስታ ሆነ።

ጠንቋዩ ሲሞን

9ነገር ግን ከዚህ ቀደም ሲል በከተማዪቱ ውስጥ እየጠነቈለ የሰማርያን ሰዎች ሁሉ ያስገረመ፣ ሲሞን የሚሉት አንድ ሰው ነበር፤ እርሱም ራሱን እንደ ታላቅ ሰው ይቈጥር ነበር። 10ከታናሽ እስከ ታላቅ ያለው ሰው ሁሉ፣ “ይህ ሰው ‘ታላቁ ኀይል’ በመባል የሚታወቀው መለኮታዊ ኀይል ነው” በማለት ከልብ ያዳምጡት ነበር፤ 11ከብዙ ጊዜ ጀምሮ በጥንቈላ ሥራው ስላስገረማቸውም ትኵረት ሰጥተው ይከተሉት ነበር። 12ነገር ግን ፊልጶስ ስለ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥትና ስለ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ስም የሰበከላቸውን አምነው በመቀበላቸው ወንዶችም ሴቶችም ተጠመቁ፤ 13ራሱ ሲሞን እንኳ ሳይቀር አምኖ ተጠመቀ፤ ፊልጶስንም ተከትሎ ሄደ፤ የሚደረገውን ምልክትና ታላቅ ታምራት አይቶም ተገረመ።

14በኢየሩሳሌም የነበሩት ሐዋርያት የሰማርያ ሰዎች የእግዚአብሔርን ቃል መቀበላቸውን በሰሙ ጊዜ፣ ጴጥሮስንና ዮሐንስን ወደ እነርሱ ላኳቸው። 15እነርሱም ሰማርያ በደረሱ ጊዜ መንፈስ ቅዱስን እንዲቀበሉ ለሰማርያ ሰዎች ጸለዩላቸው፤ 16ምክንያቱም በዚያን ጊዜ በጌታ ኢየሱስ ስም ተጠምቀው ነበር እንጂ ገና መንፈስ ቅዱስ በአንዳቸውም ላይ አልወረደም ነበር። 17ስለዚህ ጴጥሮስና ዮሐንስ እጃቸውን ጫኑባቸው፤ እነርሱም መንፈስ ቅዱስን ተቀበሉ።

18ሲሞንም ሐዋርያት እጃቸውን በሚጭኑበት ጊዜ መንፈስ ቅዱስ እንደሚሰጥ አይቶ፣ ገንዘብ አመጣላቸውና እንዲህ አላቸው፤ 19“እጄን የምጭንበት ሰው ሁሉ መንፈስ ቅዱስን እንዲቀበል ይህን ሥልጣን ለእኔም ስጡኝ።”

20ጴጥሮስ ግን እንዲህ አለው፤ “የእግዚአብሔርን ስጦታ በገንዘብ ለመግዛት አስበሃልና፣ አንተም ገንዘብህም አብራችሁ ጥፉ! 21ልብህ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ቅን ስላልሆነ፣ አንተ በዚህ አገልግሎት ድርሻ ወይም ዕድል ፈንታ የለህም። 22አሁንም ስለዚህ ክፋትህ ንስሓ ግባ፤ ወደ ጌታም ጸልይ፤ ምናልባት ይህን የልብህን ሐሳብ ይቅር ይልህ ይሆናል፤ 23ምክንያቱም በመራራነት ተሞልተህ፣ በዐመፅ ሰንሰለት ተይዘህ አይሃለሁና።”

24ሲሞንም መልሶ፣ “ከተናገራችሁት ምንም ነገር እንዳይደርስብኝ ጌታን ለምኑልኝ” አላቸው።

25ጴጥሮስና ዮሐንስም የጌታን ቃል ከመሰከሩና ገልጠው ከተናገሩ በኋላ፣ በብዙ የሰማርያ መንደሮች ወንጌልን እየሰበኩ፣ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ተመለሱ።

ፊልጶስና ኢትዮጰያዊው ጃንደረባ

26የጌታም መልአክ ፊልጶስን፣ “ተነሥተህ በደቡብ በኩል ከኢየሩሳሌም ወደ ጋዛ በሚያወርደው በምድረ በዳው መንገድ ሂድ” አለው፤ 27እርሱም ተነሥቶ ሄደ። እነሆ የኢትዮጵያ ንግሥት የህንደኬ ባለሟልና የሀብት ንብረቷ ሁሉ አዛዥ የሆነ አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ ጃንደረባ አገኘ። ይህም ሰው ሊሰግድ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም መጥቶ ነበር። 28ሲመለስም በሠረገላ ተቀምጦ የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ያነብ ነበር። 29መንፈስም ፊልጶስን፣ “ሂድ፤ ወደዚህ ሠረገላ ቅረብ” አለው።

30ፊልጶስም ፈጥኖ ወደ ሠረገላው ሄደ፤ ጃንደረባውም የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ሲያነብ ሰምቶ፣ “ለመሆኑ፣ የምታነበውን ታስተውለዋለህን?” አለው።

31ጃንደረባውም፣ “የሚያስረዳኝ ሰው ሳይኖር እንዴት አድርጌ አስተውላለሁ” አለው፤ እርሱም ወደ ሠረገላው ወጥቶ አብሮት እንዲቀመጥ ፊልጶስን ለመነው።

32ጃንደረባው ያነብ የነበረው የመጽሐፍ ክፍል ይህ ነበር፤

“እንደ በግ ወደ መታረድ ተነዳ፤

የበግ ጠቦት በሸላቹ ፊት ዝም እንደሚል፣

እንዲሁ አፉን አልከፈተም።

33ራሱን በማዋረዱም ፍትሕን ተነፈገ፤

ሕይወቱ ከምድር ተወግዳለችና፣

ስለ ትውልዱ ማን ሊናገር ይችላል?”

34ጃንደረባውም መልሶ ፊልጶስን፣ “ነቢዩ ይህን የሚናገረው ስለ ማን ነው? ስለ ራሱ ነው፣ ወይስ ስለ ሌላ ሰው? እባክህ ንገረኝ” አለው። 35ፊልጶስም አፉን ከፈተ፤ ከዚሁም መጽሐፍ ክፍል ጀምሮ ስለ ኢየሱስ ወንጌል ሰበከለት።

36በመጓዝ ላይ ሳሉም ውሃ ካለበት ስፍራ ደረሱ፤ ጃንደረባውም፣ “እነሆ፤ ውሃ እዚህ አለ፤ ታዲያ እንዳልጠመቅ የሚከለክለኝ ምን ነገር አለ?” አለው። 37ፊልጶስም፣ “በፍጹም ልብህ ካመንህ መጠመቅ ትችላለህ” አለው። ጃንደረባውም፣ “ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እንደሆነ አምናለሁ” ሲል መለሰለት፤ 38ሠረገላውም እንዲቆም አዘዘ። ከዚያም ሁለቱ አብረው ወደ ውሃው ወረዱ፤ ፊልጶስም ጃንደረባውን አጠመቀው።8፥38 አንዳንድ ቅጆች ይህን ቍጥር አይጨምሩም። ከአንዳንድ የቅርብ ጊዜ ቅጆች የተወሰደ ነው። 39ከውሃውም በወጡ ጊዜ፣ የጌታ መንፈስ ፊልጶስን ነጥቆ ወሰደው፤ ጃንደረባውም ከዚህ በኋላ አላየውም፤ ሆኖም ደስ እያለውም ጒዞውን ቀጠለ። 40ከዚያ በኋላ ግን ፊልጶስ በአዛጦን ታየ፤ ቂሳሪያም እስኪደርስ ድረስ፣ በሚያልፍባቸው ከተሞች ሁሉ ወንጌልን ይሰብክ ነበር።