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Isahluko 10

1 Kwakukhona eKesariya indoda ethile egama layo linguKorneliyu, eyinduna yekhulu yebutho elithiwa elase-Italiya;
2 wayengumuntu okholwayo nowesaba uNkulunkulu kanye nendlu yakhe yonke, abela abantu abampofu izipho eziningi, ekhuleka kuNkulunkulu njalonjalo.
3 Wabona ngokusobala embonweni ingelosi kaNkulunkulu ingena kuye kungathi ngehora lesishiyagalolunye lemini, ithi: “Korneliyu!”
4 Wayigqolozela enokwesaba, wathi: “Kwenze njani, Nkosi?” Yathi kuye: “Imikhuleko yakho nokwabela kwakho abampofu izipho kwenyukile kwaba yisikhumbuzo emehlweni kaNkulunkulu.
5 Thuma-ke amadoda eJopha, ubize uSimoni othile othiwa uPetru;
6 yena ungenisile kwaSimoni othile, umshuki, ondlu yakhe ingaselwandle.”
7 Isimukile ingelosi ebikhuluma naye, wabiza ababili bendlu yakhe nebutho elikholwayo kulawo ayehlala naye njalo,
8 wabalandisa konke, wabathumela eJopha.
9 Ngangomuso besahamba labo, sebesondela emzini, uPetru wenyukela phezu kwendlu ukuyokhuleka ngehora lesithupha.
10 Khona walamba kakhulu, wafuna ukudla; kepha besamlungisela wehlelwa yisiyezi,
11 wabona izulu livulekile nesitsha esithile sehla sinjengendwangu enkulu, sehliselwa emhlabeni ngamachopho amane.
12 Kusona kwakukhona zonke izilwane ezinezinyawo ezine, nezinwabuzelayo zomhlaba, nezinyoni zezulu.
13 Kwavela izwi, lathi kuye: “Vuka, Petru; hlaba, udle.”
14 Kepha uPetru wathi: “Qha, Nkosi, ngokuba angizange ngikudle okuyichilo nokungcolileyo.”
15 Izwi laphinda lasho kuye ngokwesibili, lathi: “Lokho akuhlambululile uNkulunkulu, ungasho wena ukuthi kubi.”
16 Lokho kwaphindwa kathathu; isitsha senyuselwa masinyane ezulwini.
17 UPetru esasambathekile ngokuthi ngakube uyini lowo mbono awubonileyo, bheka, amadoda ayethunyiwe nguKorneliyu, esebuzile indlu kaSimoni, ema ngasesangweni,
18 amemeza ebuza ukuthi uSimoni othiwa uPetru ungenisile yini lapho.
19 UPetru esazindla ngombono, uMoya wathi kuye: “Bheka, amadoda amabili ayakufuna;
20 sukuma-ke, wehle, uhambe nabo, ungangabazi ngalutho, ngokuba yimina engibathumileyo.”
21 UPetru wayesehlela kuwo amadoda, wathi: “Bhekani, yimina enimfunayo; kuyindabani enize ngayo na?”
22 Bathi: “UKorneliyu induna yekhulu, indoda elungileyo nemesabayo uNkulunkulu, efakazelwa kahle esizweni sonke sabaJuda, uyaliwe yingelosi engcwele ukuba akubizele endlini yakhe, ezwe amazwi kuwe.”
23 Wayesebabiza, wabangenisa. Ngangomuso wasuka wahamba nabo, abathile babazalwane baseJopha bamphelekezela.
24 Ngangomuso bangena eKesariya. UKorneliyu wayebalindele esebizile izihlobo nabangane bakhe abakhulu.
25 Kwathi ukuba angene uPetru, uKorneliyu wamhlangabeza, wawa phansi ngasezinyaweni zakhe, wakhuleka.
26 Kepha uPetru wamvusa wathi: “Sukuma, nami ngingumuntu nje.”
27 Esakhuluma naye wangena, wafumana abaningi ababebuthene.
28 Wayesethi: “Niyazi ukuthi akuvunyelwe ukuba umuntu ongumJuda ahlangane, ahambelane nowesinye isizwe; kepha uNkulunkulu ungitshengisile ukuba ngingasho nangoyedwa ukuthi unechilo nokuthi ungcolile.
29 Ngakho lokhu ngibiziwe, ngizile ngingalanga. Ngakho-ke sengiyabuza ukuthi ningibizeleni na?”
30 UKorneliyu wathi: “Ngezinsuku ezine ezidlule ngaleli hora bengenza umkhuleko wehora lesishiyagalolunye endlini yami; bheka, indoda eyembethe ingubo ekhazimulayo yema phambi kwami,
31 yathi: ‘Korneliyu, kuzwakele ukukhuleka kwakho, nokwabela kwakho abampofu izipho kukhunjuliwe phambi kukaNkulunkulu.
32 Ngakho thumela eJopha, ubize uSimoni othiwa uPetru; yena ungenisile endlini kaSimoni umshuki ngaselwandle.’
33 Ngase ngithumela kuwe ngaso leso sikhathi; wenze kahle ufike. Manje sesikhona sonke phambi kukaNkulunkulu ukuba sizwe konke okuyalelwe yiNkosi.”
34 Khona uPetru wavula umlomo, wathi: “Nembala ngiyabona ukuthi uNkulunkulu akabheki ubuso bamuntu,
35 kodwa ezizweni zonke omesabayo nowenza ukulunga uyamukeleka kuye.
36 Walithumela izwi kubantwana bakwa-Israyeli, eshumayela ivangeli lokuthula ngaye uJesu Kristu; yena uyiNkosi yabo bonke.
37 Niyalazi izwi elamenyezelwa eJudiya lonke, liqalile eGalile, emva kokubhapathiza akushumayelayo uJohane
38 lokuthi: UNkulunkulu wamgcoba uJesu waseNazaretha ngoMoya oNgcwele nangamandla, owahamba enza umusa, ephulukisa bonke ababesemandleni kaSathane, ngokuba uNkulunkulu wayenaye.
39 “Nathi singofakazi bezinto zonke azenzayo ezweni labaJuda naseJerusalema yena abambulalayo bemphanyeka emthini.
40 Lowo uNkulunkulu wamvusa ngosuku lwesithathu, wamnika ukuba abonakale,
41 kungekubantu bonke kodwa kithina esingofakazi ababekhethwe nguNkulunkulu ngaphambili, esasidla siphuza naye emva kokuvuka kwakhe kwabafileyo.
42 Wasiyala ukuba sishumayele kubantu, sifakaze ukuthi: Nguye omiswe nguNkulunkulu ukuba abe nguMahluleli wabaphilayo nabafileyo.
43 Ngaye bonke abaprofethi bafakaza ukuthi ngegama lakhe bonke abakholwa nguye bayakwamukela ukuthethelelwa kwezono.”
44 Kwathi uPetru esakhuluma lawo mazwi, uMoya oNgcwele wehlela phezu kwabo bonke ababelizwa izwi.
45 Abokusoka abakholwayo ababefikile noPetru bamangala kakhulu, ngokuba isipho sikaMoya oNgcwele sitheliwe naphezu kwabezizwe.
46 Ngokuba babezwa bekhuluma ngezilimi, betusa uNkulunkulu. Khona uPetru waphendula wathi:
47 “Ukhona yini ongala namanzi ukuba bangabhapathizwa laba abamukela uMoya oNgcwele njengathi na?”
48 Wayeseyala ukuba babhapathizwe egameni leNkosi. Base bemncenga ukuba ahlale izinsuku ezithile.