New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 19:1-41

ጳውሎስ በኤፌሶን

1አጵሎስ በቆሮንቶስ በነበረበት ጊዜ፣ ጳውሎስ በላይኛው አገር ዐልፎ ወደ ኤፌሶን መጣ፤ በዚያም አንዳንድ ደቀ መዛሙርትን አግኝቶ፣ 2“ባመናችሁ19፥2 ወይም ካመናችሁ በኋላ ጊዜ መንፈስ ቅዱስን ተቀበላችሁን?” አላቸው።

እነርሱም፣ “አልተቀበልንም፤ እንዲያውም መንፈስ ቅዱስ መኖሩን እንኳ አልሰማንም” አሉት።

3ጳውሎስም፣ “ታዲያ፣ በምን ተጠመቃችሁ?” አላቸው።

እነርሱም፣ “የዮሐንስን ጥምቀት” አሉት።

4ጳውሎስም፣ “የዮሐንስ ጥምቀትማ የንስሓ ጥምቀት ነበር፤ ዮሐንስም ራሱ ሰዎች ከእርሱ በኋላ በሚመጣው በኢየሱስ እንዲያምኑ ተናግሮአል” አላቸው። 5እነርሱም ይህን በሰሙ ጊዜ በጌታ በኢየሱስ ስም ተጠመቁ። 6ጳውሎስም እጁን በላያቸው በጫነ ጊዜ፣ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ወረደባቸው፤ በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች19፥6 ወይም ልሳን ተናገሩ፤ ትንቢትም ተናገሩ። 7ሰዎቹም በአጠቃላይ ዐሥራ ሁለት ያህል ነበሩ።

8ጳውሎስም ወደ ምኵራብ እየገባ፣ ስለ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥት እየተነጋገረና እያሳመናቸው ሦስት ወር ሙሉ ምንም ሳይፈራ ፊት ለፊት ይናገር ነበር። 9አንዳንዶቹ ግን ግትር በመሆን፣ ለማመን ፈቃደኞች አልነበሩም፤ የጌታንም መንገድ በገሃድ ያጥላሉ ነበር። ስለዚህ ጳውሎስ ትቶአቸው ሄደ፤ ደቀ መዛሙርትንም ለብቻቸው ወስዶ በጢራኖስ የትምህርት አዳራሽ ውስጥ በየዕለቱ ያነጋግራቸው ነበር። 10ይህን ማድረጉንም ሁለት ዓመት ስለ ቀጠለ፣ በእስያ አውራጃ ይኖሩ የነበሩት የአይሁድና የግሪክ ሰዎች ሁሉ የጌታን ቃል ለመስማት ቻሉ።

11እግዚአብሔርም በጳውሎስ እጅ እጅግ የሚያስደንቅ ታምራትን ያደርግ ነበር፤ 12መሐረብ ወይም ሰውነቱን የነካ ጨርቅ እንኳ ወደ ሕመምተኞች ሲወስዱ በሽታቸው ይለቃቸው ነበር፤ ርኵሳን መናፍስትም ይወጡ ነበር።

13እየዞሩ አጋንንትን ያስወጡ ከነበሩት አይሁድ አንዳንዶቹ፣ “ጳውሎስ በሚሰብከው በኢየሱስ ስም እንድትወጡ አዛችኋለሁ” እያሉ የጌታን የኢየሱስን ስም ርኵሳን መናፍስት በያዟቸው ሰዎች ላይ ለመጥራት ሞከሩ፤ 14የአይሁዳዊው የካህናቱ አለቃ የአስቄዋ ሰባት ወንዶች ልጆችም ይህንኑ ያደርጉ ነበር። 15ርኩስ መንፈሱም፣ “ኢየሱስን ዐውቀዋለሁ፤ ጳውሎስንም ዐውቀዋለሁ፤ እናንተ ግን እነማን ናችሁ?” አላቸው። 16ከዚያም ርኩስ መንፈስ ያደረበት ሰው ዘሎ ያዛቸው፤ በረታባቸውም፤ እጅግ ስላየለባቸውም ቤቱን ጥለው ዕራቁታቸውን ሸሹ።

17ይህም በኤፌሶን በሚኖሩት፣ በአይሁድና በግሪክ ሰዎች ሁሉ ዘንድ በታወቀ ጊዜ፣ ሁሉም ፍርሀት ያዛቸው፤ በዚህም የጌታ የኢየሱስ ስም ተከበረ። 18ካመኑትም ሰዎች ብዙዎቹ እየቀረቡ ክፉ ሥራቸውን በግልጥ ተናዘዙ፤ 19ሲጠነቁሉ ከነበሩትም መካከል ብዙዎች መጽሐፋቸውን ሰብስበው በማምጣት በሕዝብ ፊት አቃጠሉ፤ ዋጋቸውም ሲሰላ አምሳ ሺህ ብር ያህል ሆኖ ተገኘ። 20በዚህ ሁኔታ የጌታ ቃል በኀይል እያደገና እያሸነፈ ሄደ።

21ይህ ሁሉ ከሆነ በኋላ፣ ጳውሎስ በመቄዶንያና በአካይያ በኩል ዐልፎ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ለመሄድ በመንፈሱ ወስኖ፣ “እዚያ ከደረስሁ በኋላ ሮምን ደግሞ ማየት አለብኝ” አለ። 22ከረዳቶቹም ሁለቱን፣ ጢሞቴዎስንና ኤርስጦንን፣ ወደ መቄዶንያ ልኮ እርሱ ራሱ ግን በእስያ አውራጃ ጥቂት ቀን ተቀመጠ።

በኤፌሶን የተነሣው ሁከት

23በዚህ ጊዜ፣ ስለ ጌታ መንገድ ታላቅ ሁከት ተፈጠረ። 24ድሜጥሮስ የተባለ አንድ የብር አንጥረኛ የአርጤምስን ቤተ መቅደስ ምስሎች ከብር ቀጥቅጦ እየሠራ ለሠራተኞቹ የሚያስገኘው ገቢ ቀላል አልነበረም። 25እርሱም እነዚህን ሠራተኞችና በተመሳሳይ ሙያ የሚተዳደሩትን ሌሎቹን ሰዎች በአንድነት ሰብስቦ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ሰዎች ሆይ፤ ይህ ሥራ ጥሩ ገቢ እንደሚያስገኝልን ታውቃላችሁ። 26ይህ ጳውሎስ የተባለ ሰው በኤፌሶን ብቻ ሳይሆን፣ በመላው የእስያ አውራጃ የሚገኘውን በርካታ ሕዝብ እያሳመነ እንዳሳታቸው ይኸው የምታዩትና የምትሰሙት ነገር ነው፤ በሰው እጅ የተሠሩ አማልክት በፍጹም አማልክት እንዳልሆኑ ይናገራልና። 27የዚህ የሥራችን መልካም ስም ከመጒደፉም በላይ፣ መላው እስያና ዓለም የሚያመልካት የታላቋ አርጤምስ ቤተ መቅደስም ዋጋ ቢስ ይሆናል፤ ደግሞም ገናናው ክብሯ ይዋረዳል።”

28ሰዎቹም ይህን በሰሙ ጊዜ ክፉኛ ተቈጥተው፣ “የኤፌሶኗ አርጤምስ ታላቅ ናት!” እያሉ ይጮኹ ጀመር። 29ወዲያውም በከተማው ሁሉ ሁከት ተነሣ፤ ሕዝቡም አንድ ላይ በማበር የመቄዶንያ ተወላጅ የሆኑትንና ከጳውሎስ ጋር ይጓዙ የነበሩትን ጓደኞቹን፣ ጋይዮስንና አርስጥሮኮስን ይዘው ወደ ጨዋታ ማሳያው ስፍራ እየሮጡ ገቡ። 30ጳውሎስም ወጥቶ ሕዝቡ ፊት ለመቅረብ ፈልጎ ነበር፤ ደቀ መዛሙርት ግን ከለከሉት። 31ከአውራጃው ባለ ሥልጣኖች አንዳንድ ወዳጆቹ እንኳ፣ ጳውሎስ ወደ ጨዋታ ማሳያው ስፍራ ደፍሮ እንዳይገባ ሰው ልከው ለመኑት።

32ጉባኤውም ተበጣብጦ፣ አንዱ አንድ ነገር ሲናገር ሌላውም ሌላ እየተናገረ ይጯጯኽ ነበር፤ አብዛኛውም ሰው ለምን እዚያ እንደ ተሰበሰበ እንኳ አያውቅም ነበር። 33አይሁድም እስክንድሮስን ከሕዝቡ መካከል ገፍተው ወደ ፊት ባወጡት ጊዜ፤ አንዳንዶቹ እንዲናገርላቸው ጮኹ፤ እርሱም ሊከራከርላቸው ፈልጎ ዝም እንዲሉ በምልክት ጠቀሳቸው። 34ነገር ግን እርሱ አይሁዳዊ መሆኑን ባወቁ ጊዜ ሁሉም በአንድ ድምፅ፣ “የኤፌሶኗ አርጤምስ ታላቅ ናት” እያሉ ሁለት ሰዓት ያህል ጮኹ።

35የከተማዪቱም ዋና ጸሓፊ ሕዝቡን ጸጥ አሰኝቶ እንዲህ አለ፤ “የኤፌሶን ሰዎች ሆይ፤ የታላቋ የአርጤምስ ቤተ መቅደስና ከሰማይ የወረደው ምስሏ ጠባቂ የኤፌሶን ከተማ ሕዝብ መሆኑን የማያውቅ ማን አለ? 36ስለዚህ፣ ይህ ሐቅ የማይካድ እንደ መሆኑ መጠን፣ ልትረጋጉና አንዳች ነገር በጥድፊያ ከመፈጸም ልትጠቡ ይገባችኋል። 37እነዚህን ሰዎች ቤተ መቅደስን ሳይዘርፉ ወይም አምላካችን በሆነችው ላይ የስድብ ቃል ሳይሰነዝሩ ይዛችሁ እዚህ ድረስ እንዲያው አምጥታችኋቸዋል። 38እንግዲህ፣ ድሜጥሮስና ከእርሱ ጋር ያሉት አንጥረኞች በማንም ላይ አቤቱታ ካላቸው፣ ፍርድ ቤቱ ክፍት ነው፤ ዳኞችም አሉ፤ ክስ ማቅረብ ይችላሉ። 39ከዚህ ሌላ ልታቀርቡ የፈለጋችሁት ነገር ካለ፣ በሕጋዊ ጉባኤ ይታያል። 40አለበለዚያ ዛሬ ስለ ሆነው ነገር፣ በሁከት አነሣሽነት እንዳንከሰስ ያሠጋናል፤ አጥጋቢ ምክንያት ስለሌለንም፣ ስለ ሁከቱ ብንጠየቅበት መልስ መስጠት አንችልም።” 41ይህን ከተናገረ በኋላም ጉባኤው እንዲበተን አደረገ።

New International Reader’s Version

Acts 19:1-41

Paul Goes to Ephesus

1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road to Ephesus. When he arrived, he found some believers there. 2He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”

“No,” they answered. “We haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

3So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

4Paul said, “John baptized people, calling them to turn away from their sins. He told them to believe in the one who was coming after him. Jesus is that one.” 5After hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6Paul placed his hands on them. Then the Holy Spirit came on them. They spoke in languages they had not known before. They also prophesied. 7There were about 12 men in all.

8Paul entered the synagogue. There he spoke boldly for three months. He gave good reasons for believing the truth about God’s kingdom. 9But some of them wouldn’t listen. They refused to believe. In public they said evil things about the Way of Jesus. So Paul left them. He took the believers with him. Each day he talked with people in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10This went on for two years. So all the Jews and Greeks who lived in Asia Minor heard the word of the Lord.

11God did amazing miracles through Paul. 12Even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to those who were sick. When this happened, their sicknesses were healed and evil spirits left them.

13Some Jews went around driving out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to set free those who were controlled by demons. They said, “In Jesus’ name I command you to come out. He is the Jesus that Paul is preaching about.” 14Seven sons of Sceva were doing this. Sceva was a Jewish chief priest. 15One day the evil spirit answered them, “I know Jesus. And I know about Paul. But who are you?” 16Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on Sceva’s sons. He overpowered them all. He gave them a terrible beating. They ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17The Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus heard about this. They were all overcome with fear. They held the name of the Lord Jesus in high honor. 18Many who believed now came and openly admitted what they had done. 19A number of those who had practiced evil magic brought their scrolls together. They set them on fire out in the open. They added up the value of the scrolls. The scrolls were worth more than someone could earn in two lifetimes. 20The word of the Lord spread everywhere. It became more and more powerful.

21After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem. He went through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been to Jerusalem,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” 22He sent Timothy and Erastus, two of his helpers, to Macedonia. But he stayed a little longer in Asia Minor.

Trouble in Ephesus

23At that time many people became very upset about the Way of Jesus. 24There was a man named Demetrius who made things out of silver. He made silver models of the temple of the goddess Artemis. He brought in a lot of business for the other skilled workers there. 25One day he called them together. He also called others who were in the same kind of business. “My friends,” he said, “you know that we make good money from our work. 26You have seen and heard what this fellow Paul is doing. He has talked to large numbers of people here in Ephesus. Almost everywhere in Asia Minor he has led people away from our gods. He says that the gods made by human hands are not gods at all. 27Our work is in danger of losing its good name. People’s faith in the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be weakened. Now she is worshiped all over Asia Minor and the whole world. But soon she will be robbed of her greatness.”

28When they heard this, they became very angry. They began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29Soon people were making trouble in the whole city. They all rushed into the theater. They dragged Gaius and Aristarchus along with them. These two men had come with Paul from Macedonia. 30Paul wanted to appear in front of the crowd. But the believers wouldn’t let him. 31Some of the officials in Asia Minor were friends of Paul. They sent him a message, begging him not to go into the theater.

32The crowd didn’t know what was going on. Some were shouting one thing and some another. Most of the people didn’t even know why they were there. 33The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front. They tried to tell him what to say. But he motioned for them to be quiet. He was about to give the people reasons for his actions. 34But then they realized that he was a Jew. So they all shouted the same thing for about two hours. “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” they yelled.

35The city clerk quieted the crowd down. “People of Ephesus!” he said. “The city of Ephesus guards the temple of the great Artemis. The whole world knows this. They know that Ephesus guards her statue, which fell from heaven. 36These facts can’t be questioned. So calm down. Don’t do anything foolish. 37These men haven’t robbed any temples. They haven’t said evil things against our female god. But you have brought them here anyhow. 38Demetrius and the other skilled workers may feel they have been wronged by someone. Let them bring charges. The courts are open. We have our governors. 39Is there anything else you want to bring up? Settle it in a court of law. 40As it is, we are in danger of being charged with a crime. We could be charged with causing all this trouble today. There is no reason for it. So we wouldn’t be able to explain what has happened.” 41After he said this, he sent the people away.