ጴጥሮስ ከእስር ቤት በታምር ወጣ
1በዚያ ዘመን ንጉሡ ሄሮድስ አንዳንድ የቤተ ክርስቲያን አባላትን እያሳደደ ያስጨንቅ ነበር፤ 2የዮሐንስንም ወንድም ያዕቆብን በሰይፍ አስገደለ። 3ይህ አድራጎቱ አይሁድን ደስ እንዳሰኛቸው ባየ ጊዜ፣ ጴጥሮስን ደግሞ አስያዘው፤ ይህም የሆነው በቂጣ በዓል ሰሞን ነበር። 4ጴጥሮስን ወህኒ ቤት ካስገባው በኋላ፣ አራት አራት ወታደሮች እየሆኑ እንዲጠብቁት በአራት ፈረቃ ለተመደቡ ወታደሮች አስረከበው፤ ይህን ያደረገውም የፋሲካ በዓል ካለፈ በኋላ ሕዝብ ፊት አውጥቶ ሊያስፈርድበት አስቦ ነው።
5ጴጥሮስም በዚህ መሠረት እስር ቤት ተጣለ፤ ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱ ግን ስለ እርሱ አጥብቃ ወደ እግዚአብሔር ትጸልይ ነበር።
6ሄሮድስም ጴጥሮስን ሕዝቡ ፊት ሊያቀርበው አስቦ ሳለ፣ ጴጥሮስ በዚያው ሌሊት በሁለት ሰንሰለት ታስሮ፣ ከሁለት ወታደሮች መካከል ተኝቶ ነበር፤ የወህኒ ቤት ጠባቂዎችም እስር ቤቱ በር ላይ ቆመው ነበር። 7የጌታ መልአክም ድንገት ታየ፤ በክፍሉም ውስጥ ብርሃን በራ፤ መልአኩም የጴጥሮስን ጐን መታ አድርጎ ቀሰቀሰውና፣ “ቶሎ ተነሣ!” አለው፤ በዚህ ጊዜ ሰንሰለቶቹ ከእጆቹ ወደቁ።
8መልአኩም፣ “ልብስህን ልበስ፤ ጫማህንም አድርግ” አለው። ጴጥሮስም እንደታዘዘው አደረገ። መልአኩም ቀጥሎ፣ “መደረቢያህን ከላይ ጣል አድርገህ ተከተለኝ” አለው። 9ጴጥሮስም ተከትሎት ከእስር ቤት ወጣ፤ ነገር ግን ራእይ የሚያይ መሰለው እንጂ መልአኩ የሚያደርገው ነገር በእውን መሆኑን አላወቀም ነበር። 10የመጀመሪያውንና ሁለተኛውን ዘብ ዐልፈው ወደ ከተማዪቱ በሚወስደው መንገድ ላይ ወዳለው የብረት መዝጊያ ዘንድ ደረሱ። መዝጊያውም ራሱ ዐውቆ ተከፈተላቸው፤ እነርሱም ወጥተው ሄዱ፤ አንዲት ስላች መንገድ እንዳለፉም ወዲያው መልአኩ ተለየው።
11ጴጥሮስም ሲረጋጋ፣ “ጌታ መልአኩን ልኮ ከሄሮድስ እጅና አይሁድ ካሰቡብኝ ሁሉ እንዳወጣኝ አሁን ያለ ጥርጥር ዐወቅሁ” አለ።
12ይህን ከተረዳ በኋላም፣ ብዙ ሰዎች ተሰብስበው በአንድነት ወደሚጸልዩበት፣ ማርቆስ ወደተባለው ወደ ዮሐንስ እናት ወደ ማርያም ቤት ሄደ። 13እዚያ ደርሶ የውጭውን በር ባንኳኳ ጊዜ፣ ሮዳ የተባለች አንዲት የቤት ሠራተኛ ማን እንደሆነ ለማጣራት ወደ በሩ ሄደች። 14የጴጥሮስ ድምፅ መሆኑንም ባወቀች ጊዜ፣ በጣም ከመደሰቷ የተነሣ በሩን ሳትከፍት ሮጣ በመመለስ፣ ጴጥሮስ በሩ ላይ ቆሞ እንደሚገኝ ተናገረች።
15ሰዎቹም፣ “አብደሻል እንዴ!” አሏት፤ እርሷ ግን ይህንኑ ደጋግማ በነገረቻቸው ጊዜ፣ “እንግዲያውስ የእርሱ መልአክ ነው” አሉ።
16ጴጥሮስ ግን በር ማንኳኳቱን ቀጠለ፤ እነርሱም በሩን ከፍተው ባዩት ጊዜ ተገረሙ። 17እርሱም ዝም እንዲሉ በእጁ ጠቅሶ፣ ጌታ ከእስር ቤት እንዴት እንዳወጣው አስረዳቸው፣ “ስለ ሁኔታው ለያዕቆብና ለወንድሞች ንገሯቸው” አላቸው፤ ከዚያም ወደ ሌላ ስፍራ ሄደ።
18በማግስቱም ጠዋት ወታደሮቹ፣ “ጴጥሮስ የት ገባ?” እያሉ በመካከላቸው ትልቅ ትርምስ ተፈጠረ። 19ሄሮድስም ጴጥሮስን አስፈልጎ ባጣው ጊዜ፣ ዘብ ጠባቂዎቹን በጥብቅ ከመረመረ በኋላ እንዲገደሉ አዘዘ።
ከዚያም ሄሮድስ ከይሁዳ ወደ ቂሳርያ ወርዶ እዚያ ተቀመጠ። 20እርሱም ከጢሮስና ከሲዶና ሰዎች ጋር ጥለኛ ነበር፤ አገራቸው ምግብ የሚያገኘው ከንጉሡ ግዛት ስለ ነበር፣ የንጉሡን ባለሟል የብላስጦስን ድጋፍ ካገኙ በኋላ፣ አንድ ላይ ሆነው ከንጉሡ ጋር ለመታረቅ ጠየቁ።
21በቀጠሮውም ቀን ሄሮድስ ልብሰ መንግሥቱን ለብሶ በዙፋኑ ላይ ተቀመጠ፤ ለሕዝቡም ንግግር አደረገ። 22ሕዝቡም፣ “ይህስ የአምላክ ድምፅ እንጂ የሰው አይደለም” ብለው ጮኹ። 23ሄሮድስም ለእግዚአብሔር ክብር ስላልሰጠ የጌታ መልአክ ወዲያው መታው፤ በትልም ተበልቶ ሞተ።
24የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ግን እያደገና እየሰፋ ሄደ።
25በርናባስና ሳውልም ተልእኮአቸውን ፈጽመው ከኢየሩሳሌም12፥25 አንዳንድ ቅጆች ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ይላሉ። ተመለሱ፤ ማርቆስ የተባለውን ዮሐንስንም ከእነርሱ ጋር ይዘውት መጡ።
An Angel Helps Peter Escape From Prison
1About this time, King Herod arrested some people who belonged to the church. He planned to make them suffer greatly. 2He had James killed with a sword. James was John’s brother. 3Herod saw that the death of James pleased some Jews. So he arrested Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4After Herod arrested Peter, he put him in prison. Peter was placed under guard. He was watched by four groups of four soldiers each. Herod planned to put Peter on public trial. It would take place after the Passover Feast.
5So Peter was kept in prison. But the church prayed hard to God for him.
6It was the night before Herod was going to bring him to trial. Peter was sleeping between two soldiers. Two chains held him there. Lookouts stood guard at the entrance. 7Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared. A light shone in the prison cell. The angel struck Peter on his side. Peter woke up. “Quick!” the angel said. “Get up!” The chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” Peter did so. “Put on your coat,” the angel told him. “Follow me.” 9Peter followed him out of the prison. But he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening. He thought he was seeing a vision. 10They passed the first and second guards. Then they came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself. They went through it. They walked the length of one street. Suddenly the angel left Peter.
11Then Peter realized what had happened. He said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent his angel. He set me free from Herod’s power. He saved me from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
12When Peter understood what had happened, he went to Mary’s house. Mary was the mother of John Mark. Many people had gathered in her home. They were praying there. 13Peter knocked at the outer entrance. A servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14She recognized Peter’s voice. She was so excited that she ran back without opening the door. “Peter is at the door!” she exclaimed.
15“You’re out of your mind,” they said to her. But she kept telling them it was true. So they said, “It must be his angel.”
16Peter kept on knocking. When they opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. 17Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet. He explained how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said. Then he went to another place.
18In the morning the soldiers were bewildered. They couldn’t figure out what had happened to Peter. 19So Herod had them look everywhere for Peter. But they didn’t find him. Then Herod questioned the guards closely. He ordered that they be put to death.
Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they got together and asked for a meeting with him. This was because they depended on the king’s country to supply them with food. They gained the support of Blastus and then asked for peace. Blastus was a trusted personal servant of the king.
21The appointed day came. Herod was seated on his throne. He was wearing his royal robes. He made a speech to the people. 22Then they shouted, “This is the voice of a god. It’s not the voice of a man.” 23Right away an angel of the Lord struck Herod down. Herod had not given praise to God. So he was eaten by worms and died.
24But God’s word continued to spread and many people believed the message.
Barnabas and Saul Are Sent Off
25Barnabas and Saul finished their task. Then they returned from Jerusalem. They took John Mark with them.