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.”
Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero
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Mawu a Paulo Pamaso pa Mfumu Agripa
1Ndipo Agripa anawuza Paulo kuti, “Takulola kuti unene mawu ako.” Paulo anatambasula dzanja lake nayamba kudziteteza kuti, 2“Mfumu Agripa ine ndikudziyesa wa mwayi kuyima pamaso panu lero lino ndi kudziteteza, kutsutsa zonse zimene Ayuda andinenera, 3ndipo makamaka chifukwa inu mukudziwa bwino miyambo yonse ya Chiyuda ndiponso zonse zimene amatsutsana. Nʼchifukwa chake ndikukupemphani kuti mundimvetsere moleza mtima.
4“Ayuda onse akudziwa za moyo wanga mmene ndakhalira kuyambira ndili mwana, kuchokera pachiyambi cha moyo wanga mʼdziko lathu ndiponso mu Yerusalemu. 5Iwo akundidziwa kuyambira kalekale ndipo angathe kuchitira umboni kuti ndakhala ndili Mfarisi moyo wanga wonse, mmodzi wa gulu limene limasamala chipembedzo chathu koposa. 6Ndipo tsopano ndikuyimbidwa mlandu lero chifukwa cha chiyembekezo changa pa zimene Mulungu analonjeza makolo athu. 7Ili ndi lonjezo limene mafuko athu khumi ndi awiri akuyembekezera kuti likwaniritsidwe pamene akupembedza Mulungu molimbika usana ndi usiku. Wolemekezeka Mfumu, nʼchifukwa cha chiyembekezo chimenechi Ayuda kuti akundiyimba mlandu. 8Nʼchifukwa chiyani ena a inu mukuganiza kuti nʼkosatheka kuti Mulungu aukitse akufa?
9“Inenso ndimaganiza kuti ndimayenera kuchita zinthu zambiri pofuna kuthana ndi dzina la Yesu wa ku Nazareti. 10Ndipo izi ndi zimene ndinazichita ku Yerusalemu. Ndi ulamuliro wa akulu a ansembe, ine ndinayika mʼndende oyera mtima ambiri, ndipo pamene amaphedwa, ine ndimavomereza. 11Nthawi zambiri ndinkapita mʼsunagoge iliyonse kuti alangidwe, ndipo ndinayesera kuwakakamiza kuti achitire chipongwe Mulungu. Mu mkwiyo wangawo, ndimapita ngakhale ku mizinda yachilendo kuti ndikawazunze.
12“Pa ulendo wina wotere, ndikupita ku Damasiko ndi mphamvu ndi ulamuliro ochokera kwa akulu a ansembe, 13Wolemekezeka Mfumu, nthawi ya masana pamene ndimayenda pa msewu, ndinaona kuwala kuchokera kumwamba koposa kuwala kwa dzuwa kutandizungulira ine pamodzi ndi anzangawo. 14Tonse tinagwa pansi ndipo ndinamva mawu mʼChihebri akuti, ‘Saulo, Saulo chifukwa chiyani ukundizunza Ine? Nʼkovuta kulimbikira mtunda wopanda madzi.’ ”
15Ndipo ine ndinafunsa kuti, “Ndinu ndani Ambuye?”
Ambuye anayankha kuti, “Ndine Yesu, amene iwe ukumuzunza. 16Tsopano dzuka ndipo imirira. Ine ndaonekera kwa iwe kuti ndikusankhe kuti ukhale mtumiki ndiponso mboni ya zimene waziona za Ine ndiponso zimene ndidzakuonetsa. 17Ine ndidzakulanditsa mʼmanja mwa anthu a mtundu wako ndiponso mwa anthu a mitundu ina. Ine ndikukutuma kwa iwo, 18kuti ukatsekule maso awo kuti atembenuke mtima kuchoka ku mdima ndi kulowa mʼkuwala, kuchoka ku mphamvu za Satana ndi kupita kwa Mulungu, kuti alandire chikhululukiro cha machimo awo ndi kukhala mʼgulu la amene akuyeretsedwa chifukwa chokhulupirira Ine.
19“Nʼchifukwa chake Mfumu Agripa, sindinakane kumvera masomphenya wochokera kumwamba. 20Kuyambira kwa anthu a ku Damasiko, a ku Yerusalemu, a ku Yudeya konse ndi kwa anthu a mitundu inanso, ndinalalikira kuti akuyenera kulapa ndi kutembenukira kwa Mulungu ndikuti aonetse kulapa kwawo mwa ntchito zawo. 21Ichi nʼchifukwa chake Ayuda anandigwira mʼbwalo la Nyumba ya Mulungu nafuna kundipha. 22Koma Mulungu wakhala akundithandiza mpaka lero lino. Ine ndayima pano kuti ndichitire umboni kwa anthu onse otchuka ndi anthu wamba. Ine sindikunena zina zowonjezera koma zimene Aneneri ndi Mose ananena kuti zidzachitika. 23Iwo ananena kuti Khristu adzamva zowawa ndipo popeza Iye adzakhala woyamba kuuka kwa akufa, adzalalikira za kuwunika kwa anthu a mtundu wake ndiponso kwa anthu a mitundu ina.”
24Paulo akudziteteza, Festo anakweza mawu nati, “Wazungulira mutu Paulo! Kuphunzira kwako kwakuchititsa misala.”
25Paulo anayankha nati, “Wolemekezeka Festo, sindine wozungulira mutu. Zimene ndikunena ndi zoona ndiponso za nzeru. 26Mfumu ikuzidziwa bwino zinthu izi, ndipo ndikuyankhula momasuka kwa iyo. Ine ndikukhulupirira kuti palibe kanthu nʼkamodzi komwe kamene sukukadziwa, chifukwa izi sizinachike mseri. 27Mfumu Agripa, kodi mumakhulupirira mawu a aneneri? Ine ndikudziwa kuti mumakhulupirira.”
28Kenaka Agripa anati kwa Paulo, “Kodi ukuganiza kuti mʼkanthawi kochepa kotere ungandikope kuti ndikhale Mkhristu?”
29Paulo anayankha kuti, “Ngakhale kanthawi kochepa kapena nthawi yayitali, ine ndikupempha kwa Mulungu kuti osati inu nokha koma aliyense amene akundimva lero lino akhale monga ine, kupatulapo maunyolo okhawa.”
30Mfumu inayimirira pamodzi ndi bwanamkubwa ndi Bernisi ndiponso anthu onse amene anakhala nawo pamodzi. 31Inatuluka mʼchipindamo, ndipo pamene imayankhula inati, “Munthu uyu sanachite kanthu koyenera kuphedwa kapena kumangidwa.”
32Agripa anati kwa Festo, “Munthu uyu akanamasulidwa akanakhala kuti sanapemphe zokaonekera kwa Kaisara.”