New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 8:1-40

1ሳውልም በእስጢፋኖስ መገደል ተስማምቶ ነበር።

የአማኞች መሰደድና መበተን

በዚያ ቀን በኢየሩሳሌም በነበረችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ላይ ታላቅ ስደት ተነሣ፤ ከሐዋርያትም በስተቀር አማኞች በሙሉ በይሁዳና በሰማርያ አውራጃዎች ሁሉ ተበተኑ፤ 2በመንፈሳዊ ነገር የተጉ ሰዎችም እስጢፋኖስን ቀበሩት፤ ደግሞም እጅግ አለቀሱለት። 3ሳውል ግን ቤተ ክርስቲያንን ለማጥፋት ታጥቆ ተነሣ፤ ከቤት ወደ ቤት በመግባትም ወንዶችንና ሴቶችን ጐትቶ እያወጣ ወህኒ ቤት ያስገባቸው ነበር።

ፊልጶስ በሰማርያ

4የተበተኑትም በሄዱበት ሁሉ ቃሉን ሰበኩ፤ 5ፊልጶስም ወደ አንዲት የሰማርያ ከተማ ወርዶ ክርስቶስን8፥5 ወይም መሲሕ ሰበከላቸው። 6ብዙ ሕዝብም ፊልጶስ የተናገረውን ሲሰሙና ያደረገውንም ታምራዊ ምልክቶች ሲያዩ፣ አንድ ልብ ሆነው ያዳምጡት ነበር። 7ርኵሳን8፥7 ወይም ክፉ መናፍስትም እየጮኹ ከብዙ ሰዎች ወጡ፤ ብዙ ሽባዎችና አንካሶችም ተፈወሱ፤ 8ከዚህ የተነሣም በከተማዪቱ ታላቅ ደስታ ሆነ።

ጠንቋዩ ሲሞን

9ነገር ግን ከዚህ ቀደም ሲል በከተማዪቱ ውስጥ እየጠነቈለ የሰማርያን ሰዎች ሁሉ ያስገረመ፣ ሲሞን የሚሉት አንድ ሰው ነበር፤ እርሱም ራሱን እንደ ታላቅ ሰው ይቈጥር ነበር። 10ከታናሽ እስከ ታላቅ ያለው ሰው ሁሉ፣ “ይህ ሰው ‘ታላቁ ኀይል’ በመባል የሚታወቀው መለኮታዊ ኀይል ነው” በማለት ከልብ ያዳምጡት ነበር፤ 11ከብዙ ጊዜ ጀምሮ በጥንቈላ ሥራው ስላስገረማቸውም ትኵረት ሰጥተው ይከተሉት ነበር። 12ነገር ግን ፊልጶስ ስለ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥትና ስለ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ስም የሰበከላቸውን አምነው በመቀበላቸው ወንዶችም ሴቶችም ተጠመቁ፤ 13ራሱ ሲሞን እንኳ ሳይቀር አምኖ ተጠመቀ፤ ፊልጶስንም ተከትሎ ሄደ፤ የሚደረገውን ምልክትና ታላቅ ታምራት አይቶም ተገረመ።

14በኢየሩሳሌም የነበሩት ሐዋርያት የሰማርያ ሰዎች የእግዚአብሔርን ቃል መቀበላቸውን በሰሙ ጊዜ፣ ጴጥሮስንና ዮሐንስን ወደ እነርሱ ላኳቸው። 15እነርሱም ሰማርያ በደረሱ ጊዜ መንፈስ ቅዱስን እንዲቀበሉ ለሰማርያ ሰዎች ጸለዩላቸው፤ 16ምክንያቱም በዚያን ጊዜ በጌታ ኢየሱስ ስም ተጠምቀው ነበር እንጂ ገና መንፈስ ቅዱስ በአንዳቸውም ላይ አልወረደም ነበር። 17ስለዚህ ጴጥሮስና ዮሐንስ እጃቸውን ጫኑባቸው፤ እነርሱም መንፈስ ቅዱስን ተቀበሉ።

18ሲሞንም ሐዋርያት እጃቸውን በሚጭኑበት ጊዜ መንፈስ ቅዱስ እንደሚሰጥ አይቶ፣ ገንዘብ አመጣላቸውና እንዲህ አላቸው፤ 19“እጄን የምጭንበት ሰው ሁሉ መንፈስ ቅዱስን እንዲቀበል ይህን ሥልጣን ለእኔም ስጡኝ።”

20ጴጥሮስ ግን እንዲህ አለው፤ “የእግዚአብሔርን ስጦታ በገንዘብ ለመግዛት አስበሃልና፣ አንተም ገንዘብህም አብራችሁ ጥፉ! 21ልብህ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ቅን ስላልሆነ፣ አንተ በዚህ አገልግሎት ድርሻ ወይም ዕድል ፈንታ የለህም። 22አሁንም ስለዚህ ክፋትህ ንስሓ ግባ፤ ወደ ጌታም ጸልይ፤ ምናልባት ይህን የልብህን ሐሳብ ይቅር ይልህ ይሆናል፤ 23ምክንያቱም በመራራነት ተሞልተህ፣ በዐመፅ ሰንሰለት ተይዘህ አይሃለሁና።”

24ሲሞንም መልሶ፣ “ከተናገራችሁት ምንም ነገር እንዳይደርስብኝ ጌታን ለምኑልኝ” አላቸው።

25ጴጥሮስና ዮሐንስም የጌታን ቃል ከመሰከሩና ገልጠው ከተናገሩ በኋላ፣ በብዙ የሰማርያ መንደሮች ወንጌልን እየሰበኩ፣ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም ተመለሱ።

ፊልጶስና ኢትዮጰያዊው ጃንደረባ

26የጌታም መልአክ ፊልጶስን፣ “ተነሥተህ በደቡብ በኩል ከኢየሩሳሌም ወደ ጋዛ በሚያወርደው በምድረ በዳው መንገድ ሂድ” አለው፤ 27እርሱም ተነሥቶ ሄደ። እነሆ የኢትዮጵያ ንግሥት የህንደኬ ባለሟልና የሀብት ንብረቷ ሁሉ አዛዥ የሆነ አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ ጃንደረባ አገኘ። ይህም ሰው ሊሰግድ ወደ ኢየሩሳሌም መጥቶ ነበር። 28ሲመለስም በሠረገላ ተቀምጦ የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ያነብ ነበር። 29መንፈስም ፊልጶስን፣ “ሂድ፤ ወደዚህ ሠረገላ ቅረብ” አለው።

30ፊልጶስም ፈጥኖ ወደ ሠረገላው ሄደ፤ ጃንደረባውም የነቢዩን የኢሳይያስን መጽሐፍ ሲያነብ ሰምቶ፣ “ለመሆኑ፣ የምታነበውን ታስተውለዋለህን?” አለው።

31ጃንደረባውም፣ “የሚያስረዳኝ ሰው ሳይኖር እንዴት አድርጌ አስተውላለሁ” አለው፤ እርሱም ወደ ሠረገላው ወጥቶ አብሮት እንዲቀመጥ ፊልጶስን ለመነው።

32ጃንደረባው ያነብ የነበረው የመጽሐፍ ክፍል ይህ ነበር፤

“እንደ በግ ወደ መታረድ ተነዳ፤

የበግ ጠቦት በሸላቹ ፊት ዝም እንደሚል፣

እንዲሁ አፉን አልከፈተም።

33ራሱን በማዋረዱም ፍትሕን ተነፈገ፤

ሕይወቱ ከምድር ተወግዳለችና፣

ስለ ትውልዱ ማን ሊናገር ይችላል?”

34ጃንደረባውም መልሶ ፊልጶስን፣ “ነቢዩ ይህን የሚናገረው ስለ ማን ነው? ስለ ራሱ ነው፣ ወይስ ስለ ሌላ ሰው? እባክህ ንገረኝ” አለው። 35ፊልጶስም አፉን ከፈተ፤ ከዚሁም መጽሐፍ ክፍል ጀምሮ ስለ ኢየሱስ ወንጌል ሰበከለት።

36በመጓዝ ላይ ሳሉም ውሃ ካለበት ስፍራ ደረሱ፤ ጃንደረባውም፣ “እነሆ፤ ውሃ እዚህ አለ፤ ታዲያ እንዳልጠመቅ የሚከለክለኝ ምን ነገር አለ?” አለው። 37ፊልጶስም፣ “በፍጹም ልብህ ካመንህ መጠመቅ ትችላለህ” አለው። ጃንደረባውም፣ “ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እንደሆነ አምናለሁ” ሲል መለሰለት፤ 38ሠረገላውም እንዲቆም አዘዘ። ከዚያም ሁለቱ አብረው ወደ ውሃው ወረዱ፤ ፊልጶስም ጃንደረባውን አጠመቀው።8፥38 አንዳንድ ቅጆች ይህን ቍጥር አይጨምሩም። ከአንዳንድ የቅርብ ጊዜ ቅጆች የተወሰደ ነው። 39ከውሃውም በወጡ ጊዜ፣ የጌታ መንፈስ ፊልጶስን ነጥቆ ወሰደው፤ ጃንደረባውም ከዚህ በኋላ አላየውም፤ ሆኖም ደስ እያለውም ጒዞውን ቀጠለ። 40ከዚያ በኋላ ግን ፊልጶስ በአዛጦን ታየ፤ ቂሳሪያም እስኪደርስ ድረስ፣ በሚያልፍባቸው ከተሞች ሁሉ ወንጌልን ይሰብክ ነበር።

New International Version – UK

Acts 8:1-40

1And Saul approved of their killing him.

The church persecuted and scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralysed or lame were healed. 8So there was great joy in that city.

Simon the sorcerer

9Now for some time a man named Simon had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, ‘This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.’ 11They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women. 13Simon himself believed and was baptised. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19and said, ‘Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’

20Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.’

24Then Simon answered, ‘Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.’

25After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Philip and the Ethiopian

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ 27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian8:27 That is, from the southern Nile region eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’

30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked.

31‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

‘He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,

so he did not open his mouth.

33In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.

Who can speak of his descendants?

For his life was taken from the earth.’8:33 Isaiah 53:7,8 (see Septuagint)

34The eunuch asked Philip, ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptised?’ 378:37 Some manuscripts include here Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The eunuch answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and travelled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.