New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 11:1-30

ጴጥሮስ አሕዛብ ቤት ለምን እንደ ገባ አስረዳ

1ሐዋርያትና በይሁዳ የነበሩት ወንድሞች አሕዛብ ደግሞ የእግዚአብሔርን ቃል እንደ ተቀበሉ ሰሙ። 2ስለዚህ ጴጥሮስ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም በወጣ ጊዜ፣ ከተገረዙት ወገን የነበሩ አማኞች ነቀፉት፤ 3እንዲህም አሉት፤ “ወዳልተገረዙ ሰዎች ገብተህ ከእነርሱ ጋር በላህ።”

4ጴጥሮስ ግን እንዲህ ሲል ነገሩን በቅደም ተከተል ያስረዳቸው ጀመር፤ 5“በኢዮጴ ከተማ ስጸልይ በተመስጦ ውስጥ እያለሁ ራእይ አየሁ፤ ትልቅ ጨርቅ የሚመስል ነገር፣ በአራት ማእዘን ተይዞ ከሰማይ እኔ ወደ ነበርሁበት ቦታ ሲወርድ አየሁ። 6አተኵሬም ይህን ነገር ስመለከት አራት እግር ያላቸው እንስሳት፣ የዱር አራዊት፣ በምድር የሚሳቡ ፍጥረታትና በሰማይ የሚበሩ አዕዋፍ አየሁ። 7በዚህ ጊዜ፣ ‘ጴጥሮስ ሆይ፤ ተነሣና ዐርደህ ብላ’ የሚለኝን ድምፅ ሰማሁ።

8“እኔም፣ ‘ጌታ ሆይ፤ ይህማ አይሆንም፤ እኔ ርኩስ ወይም ያልተቀደሰ ነገር ፈጽሞ ወደ አፌ ገብቶ አያውቅም’ አልሁ።

9“ያም ድምፅ ዳግመኛ፣ ‘እግዚአብሔር ንጹሕ ያደረገውን አንተ እንደ ርኩስ አትቍጠረው’ ሲል ከሰማይ ተናገረኝ። 10ይህም ሦስት ጊዜ ተደጋገመ፤ ከዚያ ሁሉም እንደ ገና ወደ ሰማይ ተወሰደ።

11“ልክ በዚያው ሰዓት፣ ሦስት ሰዎች ከቂሳርያ ወደ እኔ ተልከው መጥተው እኔ ባለሁበት ቤት ደጅ ላይ ቆሙ፤ 12መንፈስ ቅዱስም ምንም ሳላወላውል ከእነርሱ ጋር እንድሄድ ነገረኝ። እነዚህም ስድስት ወንድሞች ከእኔ ጋር ሄዱ፤ ወደ ሰውየውም ቤት ገባን። 13እርሱም መልአክ በቤቱ ውስጥ ቆሞ እንደ ታየውና እንዲህ እንዳለው ነገረን፤ ‘ወደ ኢዮጴ ሰው ልከህ ጴጥሮስ የተባለውን ስምዖንን አስጠራ፤ 14እርሱም አንተና የቤትህ ሰዎች ሁሉ የምትድኑበትን ቃል ይነግርሃል።’

15“እኔም ገና መናገር ስጀምር፣ መንፈስ ቅዱስ፣ በመጀመሪያ በእኛ ላይ እንደ ወረደ ሁሉ በእነርሱም ላይ ወረደ። 16በዚህ ጊዜ፣ ‘ዮሐንስ በውሃ አጠመቀ፤ እናንተ ግን በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ትጠመቃላችሁ’ ሲል ጌታ የተናገረው ቃል ትዝ አለኝ። 17እንግዲህ እግዚአብሔር በጌታ በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ስናምን ለእኛ የሰጠንን ስጦታ ለእነርሱም ከሰጣቸው፣ ታዲያ፣ እግዚአብሔርን መቋቋም እችል ዘንድ እኔ ማን ነኝ?”

18ይህን በሰሙ ጊዜም የሚሉትን አጥተው እንዲህ እያሉ እግዚአብሔርን አመሰገኑ፤ “ይህማ ከሆነ፣ አሕዛብም ወደ ሕይወት ይመጡ ዘንድ፣ እግዚአብሔር ንስሓን ሰጥቷቸዋል ማለት ነዋ።”

በአንጾኪያ የነበረችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን

19በእስጢፋኖስ ላይ በተነሣው ስደት ምክንያት የተበተኑት አማኞች ቃሉን ለአይሁድ ብቻ እየተናገሩ እስከ ፊንቄ፣ እስከ ቆጵሮስና እስከ አንጾኪያ ድረስ ዘለቁ። 20ከቆጵሮስና ከቀሬና የመጡት አንዳንዶች ሰዎች ግን ወደ አንጾኪያ ሄደው ለግሪኮችም ጭምር በመንገር የጌታን የኢየሱስን ወንጌል ሰበኩላቸው። 21የጌታም እጅ ከእነርሱ ጋር ነበረ፤ ቍጥራቸውም እጅግ ብዙ የሆኑ ሰዎች አምነው ወደ ጌታ ተመለሱ።

22ወሬውም በኢየሩሳሌም ከነበረችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ጆሮ ደረሰ፤ ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱም በርናባስን ወደ አንጾኪያ ላከችው። 23እርሱም እዚያ ደርሶ እግዚአብሔር በጸጋው የሠራውን ባየ ጊዜ ደስ አለው፤ ሁሉም በፍጹም ልብ በጌታ በመታመን እንዲጸኑ መከራቸው። 24እርሱም መንፈስ ቅዱስንና እምነትን የተሞላ ደግ ሰው ነበር፤ ቍጥሩ ብዙ የሆነ ሕዝብም ወደ ጌታ ተጨመረ።

25ከዚህ በኋላ በርናባስ፣ ሳውልን ለመፈለግ ወደ ጠርሴስ ሄደ፤ 26ባገኘውም ጊዜ ወደ አንጾኪያ አመጣው። ሁለቱም እዚያ ካለችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ጋር በመሆን አንድ ዓመት ሙሉ እጅግ ብዙ ሕዝብ አስተማሩ፤ ደቀ መዛሙርትም ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ በአንጾኪያ ‘ክርስቲያን’ ተብለው ተጠሩ።

27በዚህ ጊዜ አንዳንድ ነቢያት ከኢየሩሳሌም ወደ አንጾኪያ ወረዱ፤ 28ከእነርሱም አንዱ አጋቦስ የተባለው ተነሥቶ በዓለም ሁሉ ታላቅ ራብ እንደሚሆን መንፈስ ቅዱስ አስመልክቶት ተናገረ፤ ይህም በቀላውዴዎስ ቄሳር ዘመን ተፈጸመ። 29ደቀ መዛሙርትም እያንዳንዳቸው ዐቅማቸው በፈቀደ መጠን አዋጥተው በይሁዳ የሚኖሩትን ወንድሞች ለመርዳት ወሰኑ፤ 30ርዳታውንም በበርናባስና በሳውል እጅ ለሽማግሌዎቹ በመላክ፣ ይህንኑ አደረጉ።

New International Version – UK

Acts 11:1-30

Peter explains his actions

1The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticised him 3and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’

4Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 5‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 6I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 7Then I heard a voice telling me, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

8‘I replied, “Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.”

9‘The voice spoke from heaven a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 10This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

11‘Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, “Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.”

15‘As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16Then I remembered what the Lord had said: “John baptised with11:16 Or in water, but you will be baptised with11:16 Or in the Holy Spirit.” 17So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?’

18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’

The church in Antioch

19Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

27During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.