New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 1:1-26

ኢየሱስ ወደ ሰማይ ዐረገ

1ቴዎፍሎስ ሆይ፤ ኢየሱስ ለማድረግና ለማስተማር የጀመረውን ሁሉ ቀደም ባለው መጽሐፌ ጽፌልሃለሁ፤ 2ይኸውም እስከ ዐረገበት ቀን ድረስ ለመረጣቸው ሐዋርያት በመንፈስ ቅዱስ አማካይነት የሰጣቸው ትእዛዝ ነው። 3ከሕማማቱም በኋላ ራሱ ቀርቦ ሕያው መሆኑን፣ ለእነዚሁ በብዙ ማስረጃ እያረጋገጠላቸው አርባ ቀንም ዐልፎ ዐልፎ እየታያቸው ስለ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥት ነገራቸው። 4ከእነርሱም ጋር በማእድ ተቀምጦ ሳለ እንዲህ ሲል አዘዛቸው፤ “ከኢየሩሳሌም አትውጡ፤ ነገር ግን እኔ ስናገር የሰማችሁትን፣ አብ የሰጠውን ተስፋ ጠብቁ፤ 5ዮሐንስ በውሃ አጥምቆ ነበርና፣ እናንተ ግን ከጥቂት ቀን በኋላ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ትጠመቃላችሁ።”

6እነርሱም ተሰብስበው ሳሉ፣ “ጌታ ሆይ፤ የእስራኤልን መንግሥት መልሰህ የምታቋቁምበት ጊዜው አሁን ነውን? ብለው ጠየቁት።

7እርሱም እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “አብ በገዛ ሥልጣኑ የወሰነውን ጊዜ ወይም ወቅት ማወቁ ለእናንተ አልተሰጣችሁም፤ 8ነገር ግን መንፈስ ቅዱስ በእናንተ ላይ በሚወርድበት ጊዜ ኀይልን ትቀበላላችሁ፤ በኢየሩሳሌም፣ በይሁዳና በሰማርያ ሁሉ፣ እስከ ምድር ዳርቻ ድረስ ምስክሮቼ ትሆናላችሁ።”

9ይህን ካለ በኋላ እያዩት ወደ ላይ ዐረገ፤ ደመናም ከዐይናቸው ሰወረችው።

10እርሱም በሚሄድበት ጊዜ ትኵር ብለው ወደ ሰማይ ሲመለከቱ፣ እነሆ፤ ነጫጭ ልብስ የለበሱ ሁለት ሰዎች ድንገት አጠገባቸው ቆሙ፤ 11እንዲህም አሏቸው፤ “እናንት የገሊላ ሰዎች ሆይ፤ ወደ ሰማይ እየተመለከታችሁ እዚህ የቆማችሁት ለምንድን ነው? ይህ ከእናንተ ዘንድ ወደ ሰማይ ሲያርግ ያያችሁት ኢየሱስ፣ ልክ ወደ ሰማይ ሲወጣ እንዳያችሁት በዚሁ ሁኔታ ይመለሳል።”

ማትያስ በይሁዳ ምትክ ተመረጠ

12ከዚያም ደብረ ዘይት ከተባለው ተራራ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ተመለሱ፤ ይህም ተራራ ከኢየሩሳሌም የሰንበት መንገድ ያህል1፥12 አንድ ሺህ አንድ መቶ ሜትር ገደማ ነው። ይርቅ ነበር። 13ወደ ከተማዪቱም በገቡ ጊዜ ወደሚኖሩበት ሰገነት ወጡ፤ እነዚህም ጴጥሮስ፣ ዮሐንስ፣ ያዕቆብ፣ እንድርያስ፣ ፊልጶስ፣ ቶማስ፣ በርተሎሜዎስ፣ ማቴዎስ፣ የእልፍዮስ ልጅ ያዕቆብ፣ ቀናኢ የተባለው ስምዖንና የያዕቆብ ልጅ ይሁዳ ነበሩ። 14እነዚህ ሁሉ ከሴቶቹና ከኢየሱስ እናት ከማርያም ጋር እንዲሁም ከወንድሞቹ ጋር በአንድ ልብ ሆነው ያለ ማቋረጥ ተግተው ይጸልዩ ነበር።

15በእነዚያም ቀናት፣ ጴጥሮስ መቶ ሃያ በሚሆኑ ወንድሞች1፥15 ወይም አማኞች መካከል ቆሞ፣ 16እንዲህ አለ፤ “ወንድሞች ሆይ፤ ኢየሱስን ለያዙት ሰዎች መሪ ስለ ሆናቸው ስለ ይሁዳ፣ መንፈስ ቅዱስ አስቀድሞ በዳዊት አፍ የተናገረው የመጽሐፉ ቃል መፈጸም ስላለበት፣ 17እርሱ ከእኛ እንደ አንዱ ተቈጥሮ በዚህ አገልግሎት የመሳተፍ ዕድል አግኝቶ ነበር።”

18ይህ ሰው ስለ ክፉ ሥራው በተከፈለው ዋጋ መሬት ገዛ፤ በዚያም በግንባሩ ተደፍቶ ሰውነቱ እመካከሉ ላይ ፈነዳ፤ ሆድ ዕቃውም ተዘረገፈ፤ 19ይህም በኢየሩሳሌም በሚኖሩት ሁሉ ዘንድ ተሰማ፤ መሬቱም በቋንቋቸው ‘አኬልዳማ’ ተብሎ ተጠራ፤ ትርጓሜውም ‘የደም መሬት’ ማለት ነው።

20ጴጥሮስም በመቀጠል እንዲህ አለ፤

“በመዝሙር መጽሐፍ፣

‘መኖሪያው ባዶ ትሁን፤

የሚኖርባትም ሰው አይገኝ’ ደግሞም፣

‘ሹመቱን ሌላ ሰው ይውሰደው’ ተብሎ ተጽፎአል።

21ስለዚህ ጌታ ኢየሱስ በመካከላችን በገባበትና በወጣበት ጊዜ ሁሉ፣ ከእኛ ጋር ከነበሩት መካከል አንድ ሰው መምረጥ ያስፈልጋል፤ 22ይኸውም፣ ከዮሐንስ ጥምቀት ጀምሮ ኢየሱስ ከእኛ ተለይቶ እስካረገበት ቀን ድረስ የነበረ መሆን አለበት፤ ምክንያቱም ከእነዚህ ሰዎች አንዱ ከእኛ ጋር የትንሣኤው ምስክር እንዲሆን ያስፈልጋል።”

23ስለዚህ ኢዮስጦስ የሚሉትን፣ በርስያን የተባለውን ዮሴፍንና ማቲያስን ሁለቱን አቀረቡ፤ 24እንዲህም ብለው ጸለዩ፤ “ጌታ ሆይ፤ አንተ የሰውን ሁሉ ልብ ታውቃለህ፤ ከእነዚህ ከሁለቱ መካከል የመረጥኸውን ሰው አመልክተንና 25ይሁዳ ወደ ገዛ ራሱ ስፍራ ትቶት በሄደው በዚህ አገልግሎትና በሐዋርያዊነት ቦታ ላይ ሹመው።” 26ከዚያም ዕጣ ጣሉላቸው፤ ዕጣውም ለማትያስ ወጣ፤ እርሱም ከዐሥራ አንዱ ሐዋርያት ጋር ተቈጠረ።

New International Reader’s Version

Acts 1:1-26

Jesus Is Taken Up Into Heaven

1Theophilus, I wrote about Jesus in my earlier book. I wrote about all he did and taught 2until the day he was taken up to heaven. Before Jesus left, he gave orders to the apostles he had chosen. He did this through the Holy Spirit. 3After his suffering and death, he appeared to them. In many ways he proved that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of 40 days. During that time he spoke about God’s kingdom. 4One day Jesus was eating with them. He gave them a command. “Do not leave Jerusalem,” he said. “Wait for the gift my Father promised. You have heard me talk about it. 5John baptized with water. But in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and asked him a question. “Lord,” they said, “are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?”

7He said to them, “You should not be concerned about times or dates. The Father has set them by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.”

9After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight.

10While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go.”

Matthias Is Chosen to Take the Place of Judas Iscariot

12The apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives. It is just over half a mile from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Here is a list of those who were there.

Peter, John, James and Andrew,

Philip and Thomas,

Bartholomew and Matthew,

James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James

14They all came together regularly to pray. The women joined them too. So did Jesus’ mother Mary and his brothers.

15In those days Peter stood up among the believers. About 120 of them were there. 16Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, a long time ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David. He spoke about Judas Iscariot. What the Scripture said would happen had to come true. Judas was the guide for the men who arrested Jesus. 17But Judas was one of us. He shared with us in our work for God.”

18Judas bought a field with the payment he received for the evil thing he had done. He fell down headfirst in the field. His body burst open. All his insides spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this. So they called that field Akeldama. In their language, Akeldama means the Field of Blood.

20Peter said, “Here is what is written in the Book of Psalms. It says,

“ ‘May his home be deserted.

May no one live in it.’ (Psalm 69:25)

The Psalms also say,

“ ‘Let someone else take his place as leader.’ (Psalm 109:8)

21So we need to choose someone to take his place. It will have to be a man who was with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us. 22That time began when John was baptizing. It ended when Jesus was taken up from us. The one we choose must join us in telling people that Jesus rose from the dead.”

23So they suggested the names of two men. One was Joseph, who was called Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias. 24Then the believers prayed. They said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen. 25Show us who should take the place of Judas as an apostle. He gave up being an apostle to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots. Matthias was chosen. So he was added to the 11 apostles.