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Isahluko 21

1 Kwathi sesimukile kubo, sasuka ngomkhumbi, saqonda ngqo, safika eKhose nangangomuso eRodu; sasuka lapho, safika ePathara;
2 sesifumene umkhumbi owelela eFenike, sangena kuwo, samuka.
3 Kwathi sekuqhamuke iKhupro, sesilishiyile ngakwesokhohlo, saqonda eSiriya, sehlika eTire, ngokuba umkhumbi wawuzakwethula khona impahla.
4 Safumana abafundi, sahlala khona izinsuku eziyisikhombisa; bona bathi ngoMoya kuPawulu, angalubeki unyawo eJerusalema.
5 Kwathi sesiqedile lezo zinsuku, saphuma sahamba; bonke basiphelekezela kanye nawomkabo nabantwana, kwaze kwaba ngaphandle komuzi; saguqa ngamadolo ogwini, sakhuleka,
6 savalelisana, sangena emkhunjini, kepha bona babuyela emakhaya.
7 Thina sesiqedile ukuhamba ngomkhumbi sisuka eTire, safika ePetolemayi, sabingelela abazalwane, sahlala nabo usuku lwaba lunye.
8 Kepha ngangomuso samuka safika eKesariya, sangena endlini kaFiliphu umvangeli, owayengomunye wabayisikhombisa, sahlala naye.
9 Yena-ke wayenamadodakazi amane, izintombi eziprofethayo.
10 Kwathi sisahlezi khona izinsuku eziningana, kwehla eJudiya umprofethi ogama lakhe lingu-Agabu;
11 yena wafika kithi, wathatha uqhotho lukaPawulu, wazibopha izinyawo nezandla, wathi: “Usho njalo uMoya oNgcwele, uthi: ‘Umuntu olungolwakhe lolu qhotho abaJuda bazakumbopha kanje eJerusalema, bamkhaphele ezandleni zabezizwe.’ ”
12 Sesikuzwile lokho samncenga thina kanye nabakuleyo ndawo ukuba angakhuphukeli eJerusalema.
13 Khona uPawulu waphendula wathi: “Nenzelani ukukhala nichoboza inhliziyo yami na? Ngokuba sengilungele, kungesikho ukuboshwa kuphela kepha nokufa eJerusalema ngenxa yegama leNkosi uJesu.”
14 Engenakuvunyiswa, sathula sathi: “Mayenziwe intando yeNkosi.”
15 Emva kwalezo zinsuku sabopha impahla, sakhuphukela eJerusalema;
16 kwahamba nathi abanye kubafundi baseKesariya, besiyisa kuMnasoni othile waseKhupro, umfundi omdala, ebesizakungenisa kwakhe.
17 Sesifinyelele eJerusalema, abazalwane basamukela ngokujabula.
18 Ngangomuso uPawulu wangena nathi kuJakobe; namalunga onke ayekhona.
19 Wababingelela, wabalandisa ngakho konke ngakunye uNkulunkulu abekwenzile phakathi kwabezizwe ngenkonzo yakhe.
20 Sebekuzwile lokho bamdumisa uNkulunkulu, bathi kuye: “Uyabona, mzalwane, ukuthi ziningi kangaka izigidi zabakholwayo phakathi kwabaJuda, futhi bonke bayizishisekeli zomthetho;
21 sebebikelwe ngawe ukuthi ufundisa bonke abaJuda abaphakathi kwabezizwe ukuhlubuka kuMose, uthi mabangasoki abantwana babo, bangahambi ngamasiko.
22 Pho-ke, senze njani na? Impela bazakuzwa ukuthi usufikile.
23 Ngakho yenza lokhu esikusho kuwe: Kukhona kithi amadoda amane azibophile ngesifungo;
24 wathathe wona, uzihlambulule kanye nawo, uwakhokhele ukuba aphucule ikhanda; khona bazakwazi bonke ukuthi akukho lutho lwalokho abakubikelwe ngawe, kepha ukuthi nawe uhamba ulonda umthetho.
25 Kepha maqondana nabezizwe abakholwayo sesilobile sanquma ngokuthi mabazilonde kokuhlatshelwe izithombe, negazi, nokuqumbeleneyo, nobufebe.”
26 Khona uPawulu wawathatha lawo madoda, ngangomuso wayesezihlambulula kanye nawo, wangena ethempelini, wabika ukuphela kwezinsuku zokuhlanjululwa, kuze kulethwe umnikelo ngenxa yawo onke.
27 Kwathi sezizakuphela lezo zinsuku eziyisikhombisa, abaJuda base-Asiya bembonile ethempelini, bayaluzisa sonke isixuku, babeka izandla kuye,
28 bamemeza bathi: “Madoda akwa-Israyeli, yelekelelani; nguye lo muntu ofundisa bonke ezindaweni zonke okuphambene nesizwe, nomthetho, nale ndawo, futhi wangenisa ethempelini amaGreki, wayingcolisa le ndawo engcwele.”
29 Ngokuba babebonile ngaphambili uTrofimu wase-Efesu enaye emzini, ababesho ngaye ukuthi uPawulu umngenisile ethempelini.
30 Umuzi wonke wanyakaziswa, abantu bagijimela ndawonye, bambamba uPawulu, bamhudulela ngaphandle kwethempeli; iminyango yavalwa masinyane.
31 Kuthe sebefuna ukumbulala, kwafika izwi enduneni yenkulungwane lokuthi lonke iJerusalema liyayaluza;
32 yona yayisithatha masinyane amabutho nezinduna zekhulu, yagijimela kubo; sebebona induna yenkulungwane namabutho bayeka ukumshaya uPawulu.
33 Khona induna yenkulungwane yasondela, yamthatha, yayala ukuba aboshwe ngamaketanga amabili, yabuza ukuthi ungubani nokuthi wenzeni.
34 Kepha abanye esixukwini bamemeza okunye, abanye okunye; yathi ukuba ingenakulazi iqiniso ngenxa yomsindo, yayala ukuba ayiswe ekamu.
35 Esefikile esikhwelweni, kwenzeka ukuba athwalwe ngamabutho ngenxa yokukhandana kwesixuku;
36 ngokuba kwalandela isixuku sabantu bememeza bethi: “Msuseni!”
37 Esezakungeniswa ekamu uPawulu wathi enduneni yenkulungwane: “Ngivunyelwe ukuba ngisho utho na?” Yona yathi: “Uyasazi isiGreki na?
38 Kanti awusiye yini lowo waseGibithe owambuka ngaphambi kwalezi zinsuku, waholela ehlane amadoda ayizinkulungwane ezine angababulali na?”
39 Kepha uPawulu wathi: “Mina ngingumJuda waseTarsu laseKhilikhiya, ngingumuntu womuzi ongesiwo ongenalo udumo; ngiyacela, ake ungivumele ngikhulume kubantu.”
40 Esemvumele, uPawulu wema esikhwelweni, waqhweba abantu ngesandla; sekuthe cwaka, wakhuluma ngolimi lwesiHeberu, wathi: