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Acts 26:1-32

1Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”

So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: 2“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, 3and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

4“The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 5They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. 6And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. 7This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. 8Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

9“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

12“On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,26:14 Or Hebrew ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

19“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”

24At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

25“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

28Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

30The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”

32Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Asomafoɔ 26:1-32

Paulo Yi Ne Ho Ano

1Ɔhene Agripa ka kyerɛɛ Paulo sɛ, “Afei, mema wo ho ɛkwan sɛ woyi wo ho ano.”

Paulo maa ne nsa so kasaa sɛ, 2“Ɔhene Agripa! Ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ ɛnnɛ manya mu kwan gyina wʼanim ha reyi me ho ano wɔ asɛm a Yudafoɔ aka atia me no ho. 3Deɛ ɛma meka saa ne sɛ, wonim Yudafoɔ mmara ne wɔn amanneɛ nyinaa fekɔɔ. Enti, mesrɛ wo, to wo bo ase tie me.

4“Yudafoɔ no nim mʼasetena mu nsɛm nyinaa firi me mmɔfraase. Wɔnim mʼasetena mu nsɛm wɔ me kurom ne Yerusalem nso. 5Sɛ wɔbɛka nokorɛ a, wɔnim sɛ meyɛ Farisini a medi Yudafoɔ mmara ne wɔn som so pɛpɛɛpɛ. 6Na afei ɛyɛ bɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ yɛn nananom no enti na megyina ha ɛnnɛ na wɔrebu me atɛn yi. 7Saa bɔhyɛ yi na yɛn mmusuakuo dumienu hwɛ ɛkwan sɛ ɛbɛba mu no enti na wɔsom Onyankopɔn awia ne anadwo no. Ɔhene, saa anidasoɔ yi enti na Yudafoɔ asɔre atia me yi. 8Adɛn enti na mo Yudafoɔ nnye nni sɛ Onyankopɔn nyane awufoɔ?

9“Mmerɛ bi a atwam no, na mʼadwene nyinaa ne sɛ mɛyɛ biribiara a mɛtumi de atia Yesu a ɔfiri Nasaret no din. 10Saa ara na meyɛɛ wɔ Yerusalem. Megyee tumi nwoma firii asɔfoɔ mpanin nkyɛn gyinaa so kyekyeree Onyankopɔn akyidifoɔ guu afiase; na sɛ wɔbu wɔn kumfɔ a, medi mu akotene. 11Memaa wɔtwee wɔn aso mmerɛ pii wɔ hyiadan mu sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, wɔbɛpa wɔn gyidie. Mʼani beree wɔn so yie maa metaa wɔn kɔduruu aman afoforɔ so.”

Paulo Ka Nʼadwensakra Ho Asɛm

12“Saa ɔtaa yi enti na mekɔgyee tumi nwoma firii asɔfoɔ mpanin nkyɛn sɛ mede rekɔ Damasko no. 13Daasebrɛ, da bi owigyinaeɛ a merekɔ Damasko no, hann bi a ɛkyɛn owia hyerɛn firii ɔsoro bɛtwaa me ne wɔn a yɛnam no ho hyiaeɛ. 14Yɛn nyinaa twitwa hwehwee fam na metee nne bi wɔ Arameike kasa mu sɛ, ‘Saulo! Saulo! Adɛn enti na wotaa me? Deɛ woyɛ yi nyinaa wode reha wo ho sɛdeɛ nantwie tu ne nan wɔ ɔkafoɔ poma ano.’

15“Mebisaa sɛ, ‘Ɛyɛ wo hwan, Awurade?’

“Awurade buaa sɛ, ‘Ɛyɛ me Yesu a wotaa me no. 16Sɔre gyina hɔ. Ɛnnɛ mayi me ho adi akyerɛ wo; mɛma woayɛ me ɔsomfoɔ na woadi adanseɛ wɔ deɛ woahunu afa me ho yi ne deɛ mɛkyerɛ wo nyinaa ho. 17Mɛgye wo mafiri Israelfoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ a wɔresoma wo akɔ wɔn nkyɛn no nsam. 18Wobɛbue wɔn ani na woatwe wɔn afiri sum mu aba hann mu, na woayi wɔn afiri ɔbonsam tumi ase aba Onyankopɔn nkyɛn. Na wɔnam wɔn gyidie a wɔwɔ wɔ me mu no so anya bɔne fakyɛ na wɔayɛ Onyankopɔn mma.’

19“Ɛno enti, Ɔhene Agripa, meyɛɛ ɔsetie maa nne a ɛfiri ɔsoro no. 20Mefirii aseɛ kaa asɛmpa no wɔ Damasko ne Yerusalem ne Yudeafoɔ aman nyinaa so ne amanamanmufoɔ mu sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔnu wɔn ho na wɔde wɔn ho ma Onyankopɔn, na wɔn nneyɛeɛ akyerɛ sɛ wɔasakyera. 21Saa asɛm yi ara enti na mewɔ asɔredan mu resom no, Yudafoɔ no bɛkyeree me sɛ wɔrekɔku me. 22Nanso, ɛbɛsi ɛnnɛ, Onyankopɔn abɔ me ho ban enti na megyina ha redi adanseɛ akyerɛ obiara yi. Asɛm korɔ a Mose ne adiyifoɔ no kaa sɛ, 23Ɛsɛ sɛ Agyenkwa no hunu amane na wadi awufoɔ sɔreɛ mu ɛkan, na wɔaka hann ho asɛm akyerɛ Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ.”

Festo Bu Paulo Ɔbɔdamfoɔ

24Paulo gu so rekasa no, Festo tiaa no kaa sɛ, “Paulo, woabɔ dam. Wo nwomanim bebrebe no abɔ wo dam.”

25Nanso, Paulo buaa sɛ, “Daasebrɛ, memmɔɔ dam. Nsɛm a mereka no yɛ nokorɛ a aba wɔ mu. 26Ɔhene Agripa, ɛsiane sɛ wonim saa nsɛm yi nyinaa enti, mɛtumi magyina wʼanim mede akokoɔduru makasa. Megye di sɛ biribiara a ɛsiiɛ no wonim, ɛfiri sɛ, emu biara nni hɔ a ɛyɛ kokoamsɛm. 27Ɔhene Agripa, wogye adiyifoɔ no di anaa? Menim sɛ wogye wɔn di.”

28Agripa bisaa Paulo sɛ, “Wogye di sɛ wobɛtumi adane mʼadwene ama mayɛ Kristoni saa ɛberɛ tiawa yi mu anaa?”

29Paulo buaa sɛ, “Sɛ nsɛm a mereka no ho hia anaa ɛho nhia no, me mpaeɛbɔ ara ne sɛ, Onyankopɔn bɛma wo ne wɔn a wɔretie me ɛnnɛ yi nyinaa bɛsakyera abɛyɛ sɛ me, agye nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn a ɛgu me yi nko ara.”

30Afei, ɔhene no ne Amrado ne Berenike ne wɔn a wɔahyia hɔ no nyinaa sɔreeɛ. 31Wɔrekɔ no, wɔkeka kyerɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Saa onipa yi nyɛɛ biribiara a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔgyina so bu no kumfɔ anaasɛ wɔde no to afiase.”

32Ɔhene Agripa ka kyerɛɛ Festo sɛ, “Sɛ onipa yi nnwane ntoaa Kaesare a anka yɛbɛtumi agyaa no.”