New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 23:1-35

1ጳውሎስም ወደ ሸንጎው ትኵር ብሎ በመመልከት፣ “ወንድሞች ሆይ፤ እኔ እስከዚች ቀን ድረስ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት በንጹሕ ሕሊና ተመላልሻለሁ” አለ። 2በዚህ ጊዜ ሊቀ ካህናቱ ሐናንያ በጳውሎስ አጠገብ የቆሙትን ሰዎች አፉን እንዲመቱት አዘዘ። 3ጳውሎስም፣ “አንተ በኖራ የተለሰንህ ግድግዳ! እግዚአብሔር ደግሞ አንተን ይመታሃል፤ በሕጉ መሠረት ልትፈርድብኝ ተቀምጠህ ሳለህ፣ ያለ ሕግ ስላ ስመታኸኝ አንተ ራስህ ሕጉን ጥሰሃል” አለው።

4ጳውሎስ አጠገብ ቆመው የነበሩትም፣ “የእግዚአብሔርን ሊቀ ካህናት ደፍረህ ትሰድባለህን?” አሉት።

5ጳውሎስም፣ “ወንድሞች ሆይ፤ ሊቀ ካህናት መሆኑን ባለማወቄ ነው፤ ‘በሕዝብህ አለቃ ላይ ክፉ አትናገር’ ተብሎ ተጽፎአልና” አላቸው።

6ጳውሎስም ሕዝቡ፣ ከፊሎቹ ሰዱቃውያን፣ ከፊሎቹ ፈሪሳውያን መሆናቸውን ስላወቀ፣ “ወንድሞቼ ሆይ፤ እኔ ከፈሪሳዊ የተወለድሁ ፈሪሳዊ ነኝ፣ ለፍርድ የቀረብሁትም የሙታንን ትንሣኤ ተስፋ በማድረጌ ነው” ሲል በሸንጎው ፊት ጮኸ። 7ይህንንም በተናገረ ጊዜ፣ በፈሪሳውያንና በሰዱቃውያን መካከል ጠብ ተነሣ፤ ሸንጎውም ለሁለት ተከፈለ። 8ሰዱቃውያን የሙታን ትንሣኤ የለም፤ መላእክትም መናፍስትም የሉም የሚሉ ሲሆኑ፣ ፈሪሳውያን ግን በእነዚህ ሁሉ መኖር የሚያምኑ ነበሩ።

9ታላቅ ሁከትም ሆነ፤ ከፈሪሳውያን ወገን የሆኑ አንዳንድ የኦሪት ሕግ መምህራንም ተነሥተው፣ “በዚህ ሰው ላይ ምንም ጥፋት አላገኘንበትም፤ መንፈስ ወይም መልአክ ተናግሮትስ እንደሆነ ምን ይታወቃል?” በማለት አጥብቀው ተከራከሩ። 10ጠቡ ከማየሉ የተነሣም አዛዡ ጳውሎስን እንዳይገነጣጥሉት ፈራ፤ ስለዚህ ወታደሮቹ ወርደው ከመካከላቸው ነጥቀው ወደ ጦሩ ሰፈር እንዲያስገቡት አዘዘ።

11በሚቀጥለውም ሌሊት ጌታ በአጠገቡ ቆሞ፣ “ጳውሎስ ሆይ፤ አይዞህ! በኢየሩሳሌም እንደ መሰከርህልኝ፣ በሮምም ደግሞ ልትመሰክርልኝ ይገባሃል” አለው።

ጳውሎስን ለመግደል የተደረገ ሤራ

12በነጋም ጊዜ፣ አይሁድ ተሰብስበው በማሤር ጳውሎስን እስኪገድሉ ድረስ እህል ውሃ ላለመቅመስ ተማማሉ። በዚህ ሤራ 13የተማማሉትም ከአርባ በላይ ነበሩ። 14እነርሱም ወደ ካህናት አለቆችና ወደ ሽማግሌዎች ሄደው እንዲህ አሉ፤ “ጳውሎስን ሳንገድል እህል ላለመቅመስ ጽኑ መሐላ አድርገናል። 15እንግዲህ እናንተ ከሸንጎው ጋር ሆናችሁ፣ ስለ ጒዳዩ ትክክለኛ የሆነ ተጨማሪ መረጃ ከእርሱ እንደምትፈልጉ አስመስላችሁ ጳውሎስን ወደ እናንተ እንዲሰደው የጦር አዛዡን ለምኑት፤ እኛም ገና ወደዚህ ሳይደርስ ልንገድለው ዝግጁ ነን።”

16ነገር ግን የጳውሎስ የእኅት ልጅ ስለ ሤራው በመስማቱ፣ ወደ ጦሩ ሰፈር ገብቶ ሁኔታውን ለጳውሎስ ነገረው።

17ጳውሎስም ከመቶ አለቆቹ አንዱን ጠርቶ፣ “ይህ ልጅ ለጦር አዛዡ የሚነግረው ነገር ስላለ ወደ እርሱ ውሰደው” አለው። 18እርሱም ወደ ጦር አዛዡ ወሰደው።

የመቶ አለቃውም፣ “እስረኛው ጳውሎስ ጠርቶኝ፣ ይህ ጒልማሳ የሚነግርህ ነገር ስላለው ወደ አንተ እንዳቀርበው ለመነኝ” አለው።

19አዛዡም የጒልማሳውን እጅ ይዞ ለብቻው ገለል በማድረግ፣ “ልትነግረኝ የምትፈልገው ምንድን ነው?” አለው።

20ልጁም እንዲህ አለው፤ “አይሁድ ስለ እርሱ ትክክለኛ የሆነ ተጨማሪ መረጃ ለማግኘት የፈለጉ በመምሰል፣ ጳውሎስን ነገ ሸንጎው ፊት እንድታቀርብላቸው ሊለምኑህ ተስማምተዋል። 21ስለዚህ እሺ አትበላቸው፤ ምክንያቱም ከመካከላቸው ከአርባ በላይ የሚሆኑት ሊገድሉት አድፍጠው እየጠበቁት ነው፤ ደግሞም እስኪገድሉት ድረስ እህል ውሃ ላለመቅመስ ተማምለዋል፤ አሁንም ተዘጋጅተው የአንተን መልስ እየተጠባበቁ ነው።”

22የጦር አዛዡም፣ “ይህን ለእኔ የገለጥህልኝን ነገር ለማንም እንዳትናገር” ብሎ ጒልማሳውን አስጠንቅቆ አሰናበተው።

ጳውሎስ ወደ ቂሳርያ ተላከ

23ከዚያም ከመቶ አለቆቹ23፥23 በግሪኩ የዚህ ቃል ትርጒም አይታወቅም። ሁለቱን ጠርቶ እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “ከምሽቱ ሦስት ሰዓት፣ ወደ ቂሳርያ የሚሄዱ ሁለት መቶ ወታደሮች፣ ሰባ ፈረሰኞችና ሁለት መቶ ባለ ጦር ጭፍራ አዘጋጁ፤ 24ደግሞም ጳውሎስ ተቀምጦበት ወደ አገረ ገዡ ወደ ፊልክስ በደኅና የሚደርስበት ከብት ይዘጋጅ።”

25ደብዳቤም ጻፈ፤ እንዲህ የሚል፦

26ከቀላውዴዎስ ሉስዩስ፤

ለክቡር አገረ ገዥ ለፊልክስ፤

ሰላም ለአንተ ይሁን።

27አይሁድ ይህን ሰው ይዘው ሊገድሉት ነበር፤ ነገር ግን የሮም ዜጋ መሆኑን ስላወቅሁ፣ ከወታደሮቼ ጋር ደርሼ አተረፍሁት። 28ለምን ሊከሱት እንደ ፈለጉ ለማወቅም፣ ወደ ሸንጎአቸው አቀረብሁት። 29የተከሰሰውም ሕጋቸውን በተመለከተ እንጂ ለሞት ወይም ለእስራት የሚያበቃ እንዳልሆነ ተረድቻለሁ። 30አይሁድ ግን በዚህ ሰው ላይ ማሤራቸውን በተረዳሁ ጊዜ፣ ወዲያው ወደ አንተ ላክሁት፤ ከሳሾቹም ከእርሱ ጋር ያላቸውን ክርክር ለአንተ እንዲያቀርቡ አዘዝኋቸው።

31ስለዚህ ወታደሮቹ በታዘዙት መሠረት፣ ጳውሎስን ይዘው በሌሊት እስከ አንቲጳጥሪስ ድረስ ወሰዱት። 32በማግስቱ፣ ፈረሰኞቹ ብቻ እንዲያደርሱት አድርገው፣ ሌሎቹ ወደ ጦር ሰፈር ተመለሱ። 33ፈረሰኞቹም ቂሳርያ በደረሱ ጊዜ፣ ደብዳቤውን ለአገረ ገዡው ሰጡት፤ ጳውሎስንም አስረከቡት። 34አገረ ገዡም ደብዳቤውን ካነበበ በኋላ፣ ጳውሎስን ከየትኛው አውራጃ እንደ መጣ ጠየቀው፤ የኪልቅያ ሰው መሆኑን ባወቀ ጊዜ፣ 35“የአንተን ጒዳይ ከሳሾችህ ሲቀርቡ አያለሁ” አለው። ከዚያም ጳውሎስ በሄሮድስ ግቢ ውስጥ እንዲጠበቅ አዘዘ።

New International Reader’s Version

Acts 23:1-35

1Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin. “My brothers,” he said, “I have always done my duty to God. To this day I feel that I have done nothing wrong.” 2Ananias the high priest heard this. So he ordered the men standing near Paul to hit him on the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, “You pretender! God will hit you! You sit there and judge me by the law. But you yourself broke the law when you commanded them to hit me!”

4Those who were standing near Paul spoke to him. They said, “How dare you talk like that to God’s high priest!”

5Paul replied, “Brothers, I didn’t realize he was the high priest. It is written, ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ ” (Exodus 22:28)

6Paul knew that some of them were Sadducees and the others were Pharisees. So he called out to the members of the Sanhedrin. “My brothers,” he said, “I am a Pharisee. I come from a family of Pharisees. I believe that people will rise from the dead. That’s why I am on trial.” 7When he said this, the Pharisees and the Sadducees started to argue. They began to take sides. 8The Sadducees say that people will not rise from the dead. They don’t believe there are angels or spirits either. But the Pharisees believe all these things.

9People were causing trouble and making a lot of noise. Some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up. They argued strongly. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10The people arguing were getting out of control. The commanding officer was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them. So he ordered the soldiers to go down and take him away from them by force. The officer had told them to bring Paul into the fort.

11The next night the Lord stood near Paul. He said, “Be brave! You have told people about me in Jerusalem. You must do the same in Rome.”

The Plan to Kill Paul

12The next morning some Jews gathered secretly to make plans against Paul. They made a promise to themselves. They promised that they would not eat or drink anything until they killed him. 13More than 40 men took part in this plan. 14They went to the chief priests and the elders. They said, “We have made a special promise to God. We will not eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15Now then, you and the Sanhedrin must make an appeal to the commanding officer. Ask him to bring Paul to you. Pretend you want more facts about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”

16But Paul’s nephew heard about this plan. So he went into the fort and told Paul.

17Then Paul called one of the commanders. He said to him, “Take this young man to the commanding officer. He has something to tell him.” 18So the commander took Paul’s nephew to the officer.

The commander said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me. He asked me to bring this young man to you. The young man has something to tell you.”

19The commanding officer took the young man by the hand. He spoke to him in private. “What do you want to tell me?” the officer asked.

20He said, “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin tomorrow. They will pretend they want more facts about him. 21Don’t give in to them. More than 40 of them are waiting in hiding to attack him. They have promised that they will not eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now. All they need is for you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin.”

22The commanding officer let the young man go. But he gave him a warning. “Don’t tell anyone you have reported this to me,” he said.

Paul Is Taken to Caesarea

23Then the commanding officer called for two of his commanders. He ordered them, “Gather a company of 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 men armed with spears. Get them ready to go to Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. 24Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”

25Here is the letter the officer wrote.

26I, Claudius Lysias, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to His Excellency, Governor Felix.

Greetings.

27The Jews grabbed Paul. They were about to kill him. But I came with my soldiers and saved him. I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28I wanted to know why they were bringing charges against him. So I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29I found out that the charge against him was based on questions about their law. But there was no charge against him worthy of death or prison. 30Then I was told about a plan against the man. So I sent him to you at once. I also ordered those bringing charges against him to present their case to you.

31The soldiers followed their orders. During the night they took Paul with them. They brought him as far as Antipatris. 32The next day they let the horsemen go on with him. The soldiers returned to the fort. 33The horsemen arrived in Caesarea. They gave the letter to the governor. Then they handed Paul over to him. 34The governor read the letter. He asked Paul where he was from. He learned that Paul was from Cilicia. 35So he said, “I will hear your case when those bringing charges against you get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.