Kuokoka Kwa Sauli

Wakati huu wote Sauli alikuwa bado anaendelea na vitisho vyake vya kuwaangamiza kabisa wanafunzi wa Bwana. Akaenda kwa Kuhani Mkuu, akamwomba ampe barua ya kumtambulisha kwa masina gogi ya huko Dameski, ili akiwapata wafuasi wa ile ‘Njia Basi katika safari yake, alipokuwa akikaribia Dameski, ghafla nuru kutoka mbinguni iliangaza kumzunguka! Akaanguka chini! Na aka sikia sauti ikimwambia, “Sauli, Sauli, mbona unanitesa?” Sauli akajibu, “Ni nani wewe, Bwana?” Ile sauti ikasema, “Mimi ni Yesu ambaye unamtesa. Lakini sasa inuka uingie mjini nawe utaambiwa la kufanya.” Wale waliokuwa wakisafiri na Sauli wakasimama kwa mshangao, wala hawakuweza kusema neno kwa sababu walisikia sauti lakini hawakumwona aliyekuwa akizungumza. Sauli akainuka na alipojaribu kufungua macho, hakuweza kuona kitu. Basi wakamshika mkono wakamwongoza mpaka Dameski. Na kwa muda wa siku tatu akawa haoni kabisa, na hakula kitu wala kunywa cho chote.

10 Huko Dameski alikuwepo mfuasi mmoja jina lake Anania. Bwana akamwita Anania katika ndoto, “Anania! ” Akaitika, “Nipo hapa Bwana.” 11 Bwana akamwambia, “Amka uende barabara iitwayo Nyofu ukaulizie katika nyumba ya Yuda kuhusu mtu aitwaye Sauli wa Tarso. Yeye hivi sasa anaomba, na katika maono anamwona mtu 12 aitwaye Anania akija na kuweka mikono juu yake ili aweze kuona tena.” 13 Anania akajibu, “Bwana, nimesikia kutoka kwa watu wengi mambo ya kutisha ambayo mtu huyu anawatendea wataka tifu wako huko Yerusalemu. 14 Naye amekuja hapa Dameski akiwa na kibali kutoka kwa Kuhani Mkuu awakamate wote wanaotaja jina lako.” 15 Lakini Bwana akamwambia Anania, “Nenda, kwa maana nimemchagua awe mtumishi wangu wa kulitangaza jina langu kwa mataifa na wafalme na kwa wana wa Israeli; 16 nami nitamwonyesha atakavyoteseka sana kwa ajili ya jina langu .” 17 Anania akaenda, akaingia mle nyumbani. Akaweka mikono yake juu ya Sauli akasema, “Ndugu yangu Sauli, Bwana Yesu aliyekutokea njiani ame nituma kwako ili upate kuona tena na ujazwe Roho Mtakatifu.” 18 Mara vitu kama magamba vikaanguka kutoka machoni mwa Sauli, akapata kuona tena. Akasimama, akabatizwa. 19 Kisha akala chak ula, akapata nguvu tena. Alikaa siku kadhaa pamoja na wanafunzi huko Dameski na 20 bila kukawia akaenda katika sinagogi akawash uhudia watu kwamba, “Yesu ni Mwana wa Mungu.”

Sauli Ahubiri Dameski

21 Watu wote waliomsikia Sauli walishangaa wakasema, “Huyu si yule mtu aliyekuwa akiwatesa watu waliotaja jina la Yesu huko Yerusalemu, na ambaye amekuja hapa kwa shabaha ya kuwakamata na kuwapeleka wakiwa wamefungwa kwa makuhani wakuu?” 22 Lakini Sauli alizidi kuhubiri kwa nguvu zaidi akathibitisha kabisa kwamba Yesu ndiye Kristo; hata Wayahudi walioishi Dameski hawa kuwa na lo lote la kupinga. 23 Baada ya siku nyingi kupita, Way ahudi walifanya mpango wa kumwua Sauli. 24 Lakini Sauli akapata habari za mpango huo. Wayahudi walikuwa wakilinda milango yote ya kutokea mjini, mchana na usiku ili akitoka wamwue. 25 Lakini wanafunzi wake wakamtoa nje ya mji usiku kwa kumpitisha mahali palipokuwa na nafasi katika ukuta wa mji, akiwa ndani ya kapu kubwa.

Sauli Atoa Ushuhuda Wake Yerusalemu

26 Sauli alipofika Yerusalemu alijaribu kujiunga na waamini lakini wao walimwogopa kwa maana hawakuamini ya kuwa kweli ali kuwa amemwamini Yesu. 27 Lakini Barnaba akamchukua Sauli akampeleka kwa wale mitume akawaeleza jinsi Sauli alivyokutana na Yesu njiani akienda Dameski na Yesu akasema naye. Pia akawaeleza jinsi Sauli alivyohubiri kwa ujasiri kwa jina la Yesu huko Dameski. 28 Kwa hiyo Sauli akakaa nao akishirikiana nao na aki hubiri wazi wazi kwa jina la Yesu kila mahali huko Yerusalemu.

29 Lakini alipowahubiria Wayahudi wenye asili ya Kigiriki na kubishana nao, wao waliamua kumwua. 30 Waamini wengine walipo pata habari hizi walimchukua hadi Kaisaria wakamsafirisha kwenda Tarso. 31 Ndipo kanisa katika Yudea yote, Galilaya na Samaria likawa na wakati wa amani. Kanisa likapata nguvu likienenda katika kicho cha Bwana; na kwa msaada wa Roho Mtakatifu, idadi yake ikazidi kuongezeka.

Petro Amponya Ainea

32 Petro alipokuwa akiwatembelea waamini sehemu mbalimbali alifika kwa watu wa Mungu walioishi huko Lida. 33 Akamkuta mtu mmoja aitwaye Ainea, ambaye alikuwa amepooza na kwa muda wa miaka minane alikuwa hajaondoka kitandani. 34 Petro akamwambia, “Ainea, Yesu Kristo anakuponya; inuka utandike kitanda chako.” Na mara Ainea akainuka. 35 Wakazi wote wa Lida na Sharoni wali pomwona Ainea akitembea walimgeukia Bwana.

Petro Amfufua Dorkasi

36 Huko Jopa kulikuwa na mwanafunzi mwanamke aliyeitwa Tabita au kwa lugha ya Kigiriki, Dorkasi, yaani paa. Huyu mama alikuwa mkarimu sana, akitenda mema na kuwasaidia maskini. 37 Hata hivyo aliugua akafa. Wakamwosha na kumlaza katika chumba cha ghorofani. 38 Kwa kuwa Jopa hapakuwa mbali sana na Lida, wanafunzi waliposikia kuwa Petro yuko Lida, waliwatuma wenzao wawili wakamwambie, “Tafadhali njoo huku pasipo kukawia.” 39 Kwa hiyo Petro akaharakisha akaenda nao Jopa. Alipowasili wakampeleka hadi kwenye chumba alipokuwa amelazwa marehemu Dor kasi. Wajane wengi walikuwa wamemzunguka marehemu wakilia na kuonyesha mavazi ambayo Dorkasi alikuwa amewashonea alipokuwa hai. 40 Petro akawatoa wote nje, kisha akapiga magoti akaomba; akaugeukia ule mwili akasema, “Tabita, Amka!” Dorkasi akafumbua macho na alipomwona Petro, akaketi. 41 Petro akamshika mkono akamsaidia kusimama. Ndipo alipowaita wale waamini na wajane aka wakabidhi Dorkasi akiwa hai. 42 Habari hizi zilienea sehemu zote za Jopa. Na watu wengi wakamwamini Bwana. 43 Petro akakaa Jopa kwa muda mrefu, akiishi na mtengenezaji ngozi mmoja aitwaye

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu (SNT)

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Saul’s Conversion(A)

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.(B) He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus,(C) so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,(D) whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.(E) He fell to the ground and heard a voice(F) say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”(G)

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound(H) but did not see anyone.(I) Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.(J) So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,(K) “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus(L) named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on(M) him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people(N) in Jerusalem.(O) 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests(P) to arrest all who call on your name.”(Q)

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument(R) to proclaim my name to the Gentiles(S) and their kings(T) and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”(U)

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on(V) Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”(W) 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,(X) 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples(Y) in Damascus.(Z) 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues(AA) that Jesus is the Son of God.(AB) 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?(AC) And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”(AD) 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.(AE)

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him,(AF) 24 but Saul learned of their plan.(AG) Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.(AH)

26 When he came to Jerusalem,(AI) he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas(AJ) took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him,(AK) and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.(AL) 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a](AM) but they tried to kill him.(AN) 30 When the believers(AO) learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea(AP) and sent him off to Tarsus.(AQ)

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria(AR) enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.(AS)

Aeneas and Dorcas

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people(AT) who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you.(AU) Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon(AV) saw him and turned to the Lord.(AW)

36 In Joppa(AX) there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good(AY) and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.(AZ) 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples(BA) heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows(BB) stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room;(BC) then he got down on his knees(BD) and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.”(BE) She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.(BF) 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.(BG)

Footnotes

  1. Acts 9:29 That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture
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