New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 22:1-30

1“ወንድሞችና አባቶች ሆይ፤ አሁን የማቀርብላችሁን የመከላከያ መልሴን ስሙኝ።”

2እነርሱም በዕብራይስጥ ቋንቋ ሲናገር በሰሙ ጊዜ ከፊት ይልቅ ጸጥ አሉ።

ጳውሎስም እንዲህ አለ፤ 3“እኔ በኪልቅያ በምትገኘው በጠርሴስ የተወለድሁ አይሁዳዊ ስሆን፣ ያደግሁት ግን በዚህ ከተማ ነው። የአባቶቻችንን ሕግ በገማልያል እግር ሥር ተቀምጬ በሚገባ ተምሬአለሁ፤ ዛሬ እናንተ እንዲህ የምትቀኑለትን ያህል እኔም ለእግዚአብሔር እቀና ነበር። 4ይህን መንገድ የሚከተሉትንም እስከ ሞት ድረስ እያሳደድሁ፣ ወንዶችንም ሴቶችንም አስሬ ወደ ወህኒ እጥላቸው ነበር። 5ይህን ተግባሬን ሊቀ ካህናቱም ሆነ ሸንጎው ሁሉ ሊመሰክሩ ይችላሉ። ከእነርሱ ደብዳቤ ተቀብዬ ደማስቆ ወዳሉት ወንድሞቻቸው በመሄድ፣ እነዚህን ሰዎች አሳስሬ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም አምጥቼ ለማስቀጣት ወደዚያ እሄድ ነበር።

6“ስንጓዝም እኩለ ቀን ገደማ ወደ ደማስቆ እንደ ተቃረብሁ፣ ድንገት ታላቅ ብርሃን ከሰማይ በዙሪያዬ በራ፤ 7እኔም ምድር ላይ ወደቅሁ፤ ከዚያም፣ ‘ሳውል፤ ሳውል፤ ለምን ታሳድደኛለህ?’ የሚለኝን ድምፅ ሰማሁ።

8“እኔም፣ ‘ጌታ ሆይ፤ አንተ ማን ነህ?’ አልሁት።

“እርሱም፣ ‘አንተ የምታሳድደኝ የናዝሬቱ ኢየሱስ ነኝ’ አለኝ። 9ከእኔ ጋር የነበሩትም ብርሃኑን አዩ፤ ነገር ግን የሚናገረኝን የእርሱን ድምፅ በትክክል አልሰሙም።

10“እኔም፣ ‘ጌታ ሆይ፤ ምን ላድርግ?’ አልሁት።

“ጌታም፣ ‘ተነሥተህ ወደ ደማስቆ ሂድ፤ በዚያም ልታደርገው የሚገባህን ሁሉ ይነግሩሃል’ አለኝ። 11ከብርሃኑም ጸዳል የተነሣ ዐይኔ ስለ ታወረ፣ ከእኔ ጋር የነበሩት እጄን ይዘው እየመሩ ወደ ደማስቆ አደረሱኝ።

12“ከዚያም ሐናንያ የተባለ ሰው ሊያየኝ ወደ እኔ መጣ፤ እርሱም ሕግን በጥንቃቄ የሚጠብቅና በዚያ በሚኖሩት አይሁድ ሁሉ ዘንድ እጅግ የተከበረ ሰው ነበረ። 13በአጠገቤም ቆሞ፣ ‘ወንድም ሳውል ሆይ፤ ዐይኖችህ ይብሩልህ!’ አለኝ፤ እኔም በዚያችው ቅጽበት አየሁት።

14“እርሱም ቀጥሎ እንዲህ አለ፤ ‘የአባቶቻችን አምላክ ፈቃዱን እንድታውቅ፣ ጻድቁን እንድታይና ቃሉን ከአንደበቱ እንድትሰማ መርጦሃል፤ 15ስላየኸውና ስለ ሰማኸው ነገር በሰው ሁሉ ፊት ምስክር ትሆነዋለህና። 16ታዲያ፣ አሁን ምን ትጠብቃለህ? ተነሥተህ ስሙን እየጠራህ ተጠመቅ፤ ከኀጢአትህም ታጠብ።’

17“ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ተመልሼ በቤተ መቅደስ ስጸልይም ተመሰጥሁ፤ 18ጌታም ሲናገረኝ አየሁ፤ እርሱም አሁኑኑ፣ ‘ፈጥነህ ከኢየሩሳሌም ውጣ! ስለ እኔ የምትመሰክረውን አይቀበሉህምና’ አለኝ።

19“እኔም እንዲህ አልሁት፤ ‘ጌታ ሆይ፤ በአንተ የሚያምኑትን ሰዎች ለማሰርና ለመደብደብ፣ በየምኵራቡ ስዞር እንደ ነበር እነዚህ ሰዎች ያውቃሉ፤ 20ደግሞም የአንተን ሰማዕት22፥20 ወይም ምስክር የእስጢፋኖስን ደም በሚያፈሱበት ጊዜ፣ በድርጊታቸው ተስማምቼ በቦታው ቆሜ የገዳዮቹን ልብስ እጠብቅ ነበር።’

21“ጌታም፣ ‘ሂድ፤ በሩቅ ወዳሉት አሕዛብ እልክሃለሁና’ አለኝ።”

ጳውሎስ የሮም ዜጋ መሆኑ ታወቀ

22ሕዝቡም ይህን ቃል እስኪናገር ድረስ ሰሙት፤ ከዚህ በኋላ ግን ድምፃቸውን ከፍ በማድረግ፣ “ይህስ ከምድር ገጽ ይወገድ! በሕይወት መኖር አይገባውም! ብለው ጮኹበት።

23እነርሱም እየጮኹና ልብሳቸውን እየወረወሩ፣ ትቢያም ወደ ላይ እየበተኑ ሳሉ፣ 24የጦር አዛዡ ጳውሎስን ወደ ጦር ሰፈር እንዲያስገቡትና ሕዝቡ ለምን እንዲህ እንደሚጮኹበት እየተገረፈ እንዲመረመር ትእዛዝ ሰጠ። 25ጳውሎስም በጠፍር ወጥረው ሊገርፉት ሲሉ፣ አጠገቡ የቆመውን የመቶ አለቃ፣ “አንድን የሮም ዜጋ ያለ ፍርድ ለመግረፍ ሕግ ይፈቅድላችኋልን?” አለው።

26የመቶ አለቃውም ይህን ሲሰማ፣ ወደ ጦር አዛዡ ቀርቦ፣ “ምን እያደረግህ እንደሆነ ዐውቀሃል? ሰውየው እኮ ሮማዊ ነው” አለው።

27አዛዡም ወደ ጳውሎስ ቀርቦ፣ “አንተ ሰው እስቲ ንገረኝ፤ ሮማዊ ነህን?” አለው።

እርሱም፣ “አዎን፤ ነኝ” አለው።

28አዛዡም መልሶ፣ “እኔ ይህን ዜግነት ያገኘሁት ብዙ ገንዘብ አውጥቼ ነው” አለ።

ጳውሎስም፣ “እኔ ግን ከተወለድሁ ጀምሮ ሮማዊ ነኝ” አለው።

29ስለዚህ እነዚያ ሊመረምሩት ያሰቡት ሰዎች ወዲያው ከእርሱ ሸሹ፤ የጦር አዛዡም የሮም ዜጋ መሆኑን ባወቀ ጊዜ፣ በሰንሰለት አስሮት ስለ ነበር ፈራ።

ጳውሎስ በአይሁድ ሸንጎ ፊት ቀረበ

30በማግስቱም የጦር አዛዡ፣ አይሁድ ጳውሎስን የከሰሱበት ትክክለኛው ምክንያት ምን እንደሆነ ለማወቅ ስለ ፈለገ ፈታው፤ ከዚያም የካህናት አለቆችና የአይሁድ ሸንጎ አባላት በሙሉ እንዲሰበሰቡ አዘዘ፤ ጳውሎስንም ከደረጃው አውርዶ በፊታቸው አቆመው።

New International Version – UK

Acts 22:1-30

1‘Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defence.’

2When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.

Then Paul said: 3‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

6‘About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?”

8‘ “Who are you, Lord?” I asked.

‘ “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 9My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

10‘ “What shall I do, Lord?” I asked.

‘ “Get up,” the Lord said, “and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” 11My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

12‘A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13He stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight!” And at that very moment I was able to see him.

14‘Then he said: “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

17‘When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18and saw the Lord speaking to me. “Quick!” he said. “Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.”

19‘ “Lord,” I replied, “these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20And when the blood of your martyr22:20 Or witness Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.”

21‘Then the Lord said to me, “Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.” ’

Paul the Roman citizen

22The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, ‘Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!’

23As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, ‘Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?’

26When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. ‘What are you going to do?’ he asked. ‘This man is a Roman citizen.’

27The commander went to Paul and asked, ‘Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?’

‘Yes, I am,’ he answered.

28Then the commander said, ‘I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.’

‘But I was born a citizen,’ Paul replied.

29Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realised that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.

Paul before the Sanhedrin

30The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. So the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and set him before them.