New International Version

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.”

New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 26:1-32

1አግሪጳም ጳውሎስን፣ “ስለ ራስህ እንድትናገር ተፈቅዶልሃል” አለው። በዚህ ጊዜ ጳውሎስ እጁን ዘርግቶ እንዲህ ሲል መከላከያውን አቀረበ፤ 2“ንጉሥ አግሪጳ ሆይ፤ አይሁድ በእኔ ላይ ላቀረቡት ክስ ሁሉ ዛሬ በፊትህ የመከላከያ መልስ ለማቅረብ በመቻሌ ራሴን እንደ ዕድለኛ እቈጥረዋለሁ፤ 3ይኸውም አንተ በተለይ የአይሁድን ልማድና ክርክር ሁሉ በሚገባ ስለምታውቅ ነው፤ ስለዚህ በትዕግሥት እንድታደምጠኝ እለምንሃለሁ።

4“ገና ከልጅነቴ ጀምሮ፣ በአገሬም ሆነ በኢየሩሳሌም እንዴት እንደኖርሁ አይሁድ ሁሉ ያውቃሉ፤ 5ደግሞም ከብዙ ጊዜ ጀምሮ ስለሚያውቁኝ ከሃይማኖታችን እጅግ ጥብቅ በሆነው ወገን ውስጥ ሆኜ እንደ አንድ ፈሪሳዊ መኖሬን ሊመሰክሩ ፈቃደኞች ከሆኑ ቃላቸውን ሊሰጡ ይችላሉ። 6አሁንም ተከስሼ እዚህ የቀረብሁበት ምክንያት እግዚአብሔር ለአባቶቻችን ቃል የገባውን ነገር ተስፋ በማድረጌ ነው። 7ዐሥራ ሁለቱ ነገዶቻችን ቀንና ሌሊት እግዚአብሔርን ከልብ እያገለገሉ፣ ሲፈጸም ለማየት የሚተጉለትም ተስፋ ይኸው ነው። ንጉሥ ሆይ፤ አይሁድም የሚከሱኝ ስለ ዚሁ ተስፋ ነው። 8ለመሆኑ፣ እግዚአብሔር ሙታንን ማስነሣት እንደማይችል አድርጋችሁ የምትጥቈሩት ለምንድን ነው?

9“እኔም ራሴ የናዝሬቱን የኢየሱስን ስም በምችለው መንገድ ሁሉ መቃወም እንዳለብኝ ወስኜ ነበር። 10በኢየሩሳሌምም ያደረግሁት ይህንኑ ነበር፤ ከካህናት አለቆች ሥልጣን ተቀብዬ ብዙ ቅዱሳንን አሳስሬ አለሁ፤ በመገደላቸውም ተስማምቻለሁ፤ 11ላስቀጣቸውም ብዙ ጊዜ ከምኵራብ ምኵራብ እየተዘዋወርሁ፣ የስድብ ቃል እንዲናገሩ አስገድዳቸው ነበር፤ በቍጣም ተሞልቼ በውጭ አገር እስከሚገኙ ከተሞች ድረስ ተከታትዬ አሳደድኋቸው።

12“በዚህ መሠረት አንድ ቀን ከካህናት አለቆች ሥልጣንና ትእዛዝ ተቀብዬ ወደ ደማስቆ በምጓዝበት ጊዜ፣ 13ንጉሥ ሆይ፤ እኵለ ቀን ላይ በመንገድ ሳለሁ፣ ብሩህነቱ ከፀሓይ የሚበልጥ ብርሃን በእኔና በባልንጀሮቼ ዙሪያ ከሰማይ ሲያበራ አየሁ፤ 14ሁላችንም በምድር ላይ ወደቅን፤ እኔም በዕብራይስጥ26፥14 ወይም አራማይክ ቋንቋ፣ ‘ሳውል፤ ሳውል፤ ለምን ታሳድደኛለህ? መውጊያውን መጋፋት ጒዳቱ በአንተ ይብሳል’ የሚለኝን ድምፅ ሰማሁ።

15“እኔም፣ ‘ጌታ ሆይ፤ አንተ ማን ነህ?’ ” አልሁ።

“ጌታም እንዲህ አለኝ፤ ‘እኔ፣ አንተ የምታሳድደኝ ኢየሱስ ነኝ። 16አሁንም፣ ተነሣና በእግርህ ቁም፤ ስለ እኔ ስላየኸውና ወደ ፊትም ስለማሳይህ ነገር አገልጋይና ምስክር እንድትሆን ልሾምህ ተገልጬልሃለሁ። 17ከገዛ ሕዝብህና ወደ እነርሱ ከምልክህ ከአሕዛብ አድንሃለሁ፤ 18አንተም ዐይናቸውን ትከፍታለህ፤ ከጨለማ ወደ ብርሃን፣ ከሰይጣንም ሥልጣን ወደ እግዚአብሔር ትመልሳቸዋለህ፤ እነርሱም የኀጢአትን ይቅርታ ይቀበላሉ፤ በእኔም በማመን በተቀደሱት መካከል ርስት ያገኛሉ።’

19“እንግዲህ፣ ንጉሥ አግሪጳ ሆይ፤ ከሰማይ ለታየኝ ራእይ አልታዘዝ አላልሁም፤ 20ነገር ግን በመጀመሪያ በደማስቆ ለሚኖሩ፣ ቀጥሎም በኢየሩሳሌምና በይሁዳ ላሉት ሁሉ፣ ከዚያም ለአሕዛብ፣ ንስሓ እንዲገቡና ወደ እግዚአብሔር እንዲመለሱ፣ የንስሓም ፍሬ እንዲያሳዩ ገልጬ ተናገርሁ። 21አይሁድም በመቅደስ ይዘው ሊገድሉኝ የሞከሩት በዚሁ ምክንያት ነው። 22የእግዚአብሔር ርዳታ እስከ ዛሬ ስላልተለየኝ፣ እነሆ፤ እዚህ ቆሜ ለትንሹም ለትልቁም እመሰክራለሁ፤ ነቢያትና ሙሴ ይሆናል ይፈጸማል ካሉት በስተቀር አንዳች ነገር አልተናገርሁም፤ 23ይኸውም ክርስቶስ26፥23 ወይም መሲሕ መከራን እንደሚቀበልና ከሙታን ቀዳሚ ሆኖ በመነሣት ለሕዝቡና ለአሕዛብ ብርሃንን እንደሚሰብክ ነው።”

24ፊስጦስም የጳውሎስን ንግግር እዚህ ላይ በማቋረጥ ድምፁን ከፍ አድርጎ፣ “ጳውሎስ ሆይ፤ አእምሮህን ስተሃል፤ የትምህርትህም ብዛት አሳብዶሃል” አለው።

25ጳውሎስ ግን እንዲህ ሲል መለሰ፤ “ክቡር ፊስጦስ ሆይ፤ የምናገረው እውነተኛና ትክክለኛ ነገር እንጂ እብድስ አይደለሁም። 26ይህን የምናገረውን ነገር ንጉሡ ያውቀዋልና፤ በፊቱ በልበ ሙሉነት እናገራለሁ፤ ደግሞም በድብቅ የተደረገ ነገር ባለመኖሩ፣ ከዚህ ነገር አንድም እንደማ ይሰወርበት ርግጠኛ ነኝ። 27ንጉሥ አግሪጳ ሆይ፤ ነቢያትን ታምን የለም ወይ? አዎን፤ እንደምታምን ዐውቃለሁ።”

28አግሪጳም ጳውሎስን፣ “እንዲህ በቀላሉ ክርስቲያን የምታደርገኝ ይመስልሃልን?” አለው።

29ጳውሎስም፣ “በቀላሉም ሆነ በብዙ፣ አንተ ብቻ ሳትሆን ዛሬ የሚሰሙኝ ሁሉ፣ ከዚህ ከታሰርሁበት ሰንሰለት በስተቀር፣ እንደ እኔ ይሆኑ ዘንድ እግዚአብሔርን እለምናለሁ” አለ።

30ከዚህ በኋላ ንጉሡም፣ አገረ ገዡም፣ በርኒቄም፣ ከእነርሱ ጋር የተቀመጡትም ተነሡ፤ 31ወጥተውም ሲሄዱ፣ “ይህ ሰው እንኳን ለሞት ለእስራት የሚያበቃው ነገር አላደረገም” ተባባሉ።

32አግሪጳም ፊስጦስን፣ “ይህ ሰው ወደ ቄሳር ይግባኝ ባይል ኖሮ መልቀቅ ይቻል ነበር” አለው።