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Acts 26

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

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

“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. They 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. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This 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. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And 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. 11 Many 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. 13 About 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. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,[a] ‘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. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to 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. 20 First 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. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But 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— 23 that 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.”

24 At 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. 26 The 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. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

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

29 Paul 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.”

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

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

Footnotes

  1. Acts 26:14 Or Hebrew

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Ebikolwa by’Abatume 26

Empoza ya Pawulo mu maaso ga Agulipa

1Agulipa n’agamba Pawulo nti, “Okkirizibbwa okuwoza ensonga zo.” Awo Pawulo n’agolola omukono gwe, n’awoza nti, “Kabaka Agulipa, nnina omukisa okuwoleza mu maaso go leero, nga nnyanukula byonna Abayudaaya bye banvunaana, kubanga mmanyi ng’empisa z’Ekiyudaaya, zonna ozitegeera bulungi. Kyenva nkusaba ompulirize n’obugumiikiriza.

“Nayigirizibwa n’obwegendereza mu mpisa z’Ekiyudaaya okuviira ddala mu buto bwange mu kibuga ky’ewaffe e Taluso ne mu Yerusaalemi, era ne ntambulira mu mpisa ezo obulamu bwange bwonna. Ebyo byonna Abayudaaya bonna babimanyi bulungi. Era bammanyidde ebbanga ddene nnyo, singa babadde baagala bandinjulidde, nga ndi munnakibiina eky’Abafalisaayo, eky’omu ddiini yaffe ekisingira ddala okunonooza mu buli nsonga ey’Ekiyudaaya. Kaakano nnyimiridde nga nvunaanibwa, kubanga nnina essuubi mu ebyo Katonda bye yasuubiza bajjajjaffe, ebika byaffe ekkumi n’ebibiri bye basuubira okutuukako nga banyiikira okusinza emisana n’ekiro; era olw’essuubi eryo, ayi kabaka, Abayudaaya kyebavudde banvunaana. Kiki ekibalowoozesa nti tekiyinzika Katonda okuzuukiza abafu?

“Nze ku lwange nalowooza nti kiŋŋwanidde okuyigganya erinnya lya Yesu Omunnazaaleesi, n’obukambwe bungi. 10 Bwe ntyo ne mbikola ne mu Yerusaalemi era ne nsiba abatuukirivu bangi mu makomera, era ne mpeebwa n’obuyinza okuva eri bakabona abakulu; abatukuvu ne bwe battibwanga, nga nkiwagira. 11 Ne mu makuŋŋaaniro gonna wonna ne mbasindiikirizanga nga mbawalirizanga okuvvoola, ne mbasunguwaliranga nnyo, ne mbayigganyanga okutuuka ne mu bibuga eby’ewala.

12 “Awo bwe nnali nga ndaga e Damasiko, nga ndagiddwa era nga mpeereddwa obuyinza okuva eri bakabona abakulu, 13 nga ndi mu kkubo mu ttuntu, ayi Kabaka, ne ndaba ekitangaala ekyaka okusinga eky’enjuba, ne kinjakira ne bannange be nnali ntambula nabo. 14 Ffenna bwe twagwa wansi, ne mpulira eddoboozi nga liŋŋamba mu Lwebbulaniya nti, ‘Sawulo, Sawulo, onjigganyiza ki? Weerumya wekka bw’osamba ku nkato.’ 15 Ne mbuuza nti, ‘Ggwe ani Mukama wange?’ Mukama waffe n’addamu nti, ‘Nze Yesu, gw’oyigganya. 16 Naye golokoka. Nkulabikidde, nkulonde obeere omuweereza wange era omujulirwa w’ebyo mw’ondabidde era ow’ebyo mwe nnaakulabikiranga. 17 Era ndikuwonya mu bantu bano ne mu baamawanga gye ndikutuma 18 okuzibula amaaso gaabwe bakyuke bave mu kizikiza badde eri omusana, n’okuva mu buyinza bwa Setaani, badde eri Katonda balyoke basonyiyibwe ebibi bafunire wamu omugabo gwa Katonda n’abo abatukuzibwa olw’okunzikiriza.’

19 “Bwe ntyo, Ayi Kabaka Agulipa, ne sinyooma kwolesebwa okwo okwava mu ggulu, 20 naye ne nsookera ku b’omu Damasiko, ne nzizaako ab’omu Yerusaalemi ne mu Buyudaaya mwonna, n’eri Abaamawanga, nga mbategeeza beenenye bakyukire Katonda, era bakolenga ebikolwa eby’okwenenya ebisaanira. 21 Eyo y’ensonga Abayudaaya kyebaava bankwata nga ndi mu Yeekaalu ne bagezaako n’okunzita. 22 Katonda kyavudde ankuuma okutuusa leero ndyoke nyimirire nga ndi mujulirwa eri ab’ekitiibwa era n’aba bulijjo, nga sirina kirala kye njogera, wabula ebyo bannabbi ne Musa bye baategeeza nga bigenda okujja 23 nti Kristo kimugwanira okubonaabona, era abeere omubereberye mu kuzuukira kw’abafu, alyoke aleetere abantu bano n’Abamawanga omusana.”

24 Awo Pawulo bwe yali akyawoza Fesuto n’aleekaana mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti, “Pawulo, olaluse! Okusoma ennyo kukusudde eddalu!”

25 Pawulo n’addamu nti, “Siraluse, Oweekitiibwa Fesuto. Ebigambo bye njogera bya nsonga era bya mazima. 26 Era ebintu bino Kabaka Agulipa abitegeera, noolwekyo nnyinza okubimubuulira nga seekomoma. Era nkakasa nga tewali na kimu ku bintu bino ky’ataamanya, kubanga tebyakolerwa mu nkiso! 27 Kabaka Agulipa, bannabbi obakkiriza? Mmanyi ng’obakkiriza.”

28 Agulipa n’agamba Pawulo nti, “Onsendasenda nfuuke Omukristaayo mu kaseera kano akatono bwe kati?” 29 Pawulo n’addamu nti, “Nsaba Katonda, mu kaseera katono oba mu kiseera kinene, ggwe ne bonna abampuliriza kaakano, bafuuke nga nze, okuggyako enjegere zino ezinsibiddwa.”

30 Awo Kabaka, ne gavana ne Berenike, n’abalala bwe baali batudde, ne basituka ne bafuluma. 31 Bwe badda ebbali ne bakkiriziganya ne bagamba nti, “Omusajja ono talina ky’akoze kimusaanyiza kuttibwa wadde okusibwa mu njegere.”

32 Agulipa kwe kugamba Fesuto nti, “Omusajja ono yanditeereddwa singa teyajulira wa Kayisaali.”