New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 12:1-25

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።

የሄሮድስ አሟሟት

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።

New International Version – UK

Acts 12:1-25

Peter’s miraculous escape from prison

1It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

6The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

8Then the angel said to him, ‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so. ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me,’ the angel told him. 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 and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.’

12When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14When she recognised Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’

15‘You’re out of your mind,’ they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, ‘It must be his angel.’

16But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. ‘Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,’ he said, and then he left for another place.

18In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.

Herod’s death

Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20He had been quarrelling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ 23Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

24But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

Barnabas and Saul sent off

25When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from12:25 Some manuscripts to Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.