Ma’asei HaShlikhim 21 – מעשי השליחים כא


1And it came to pass after we separated from them, we sailed a straight course to the Island of Coos, and the following day we arrived at Rhodes, and from there to Patara; 2and we found there a ship sailing to Fenikiya, and we went on board and set forth.  3Then we reached the Island of Cyprus and passed it on the left hand and sailed to Surya, and from there we landed at Tzor, for there the ship was to unload her cargo.  4And because we found talmidim there, we stayed with them seven days; and every day they said to Pavlos through HaRu’akh that he should not go up to Yerushalayim.  5After these days, we departed on our journey, and they all escorted us on our way, with their wives and children, until we were out of the city; then they knelt down by the seaside and prayed; 6and when we had kissed one another goodbye, we took ship; and they returned to their homes.  7We sailed from Tzor and arrived at the city of Aka, and we saluted the brethren who were there, and tarried with them a day.

8On the next day we departed and came to Keysarya; and we went in and stayed at the house of Filipos the Proclaimer, who was one of the seven.  9He had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied.  10And as we were there many days, there came down from Y’hudah a navi named Agabus.  11And when he was come to us he took Sha’ul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “Thus says The Ru’akh HaKodesh: So shall the Y’hudim at Yerushalayim bind the man that owns this belt, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Goyim.”  12And when we had heard these words, both we and the natives of the place besought him not to go up to Yerushalayim.  13Then Pavlos answered, saying, “Why do you weep and break my heart?  For I am ready not only to be bound but also to die at Yerushalayim for the sake of the name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh.”  14And when he would not listen to us, we ceased, saying, “Let the will of Adoneinu be done.”

15After those days we made our preparations and went up to Yerushalayim.  16And there came with us some of the talmidim from Keysarya, bringing with them a brother who was among the first talmidim, named M’nason, a native of Cyprus, who had before received us at his house.  17When we arrived at Yerushalayim, the brethren welcomed us gladly.  18And the next day when all the elders were present, we went in with Pavlos to Ya’akov.  19And when we had saluted them, Pavlos told them in successive order everything that Elohim had done among the Goyim by his ministry.  20And when they heard it, they glorified Elohim and said to Pavlos, “Our brother, see how many thousands there are in Y’hudah who are believers, and they are all zealous for the Torah: 21but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Yehudim who are among the Goyim to forsake the Torah of Moshe, stating that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to follow after the customs of the Torah.  22Now, therefore, they have heard that you have come here.  23Do, therefore, what we tell you. We have four men who have vowed to purify themselves; 24take them and go purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; then everyone will know that what has been said against you is a lie, and that you yourself uphold the Torah and obey it.   25As for the believers amongst the Goyim,  we have written  that they should abstain from the things sacrificed to idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.”  26Then Pavlos took the men and on the next day he was purified with them, and he entered into the Heikhal, informing them how to complete the days of purification until the gift of every one of them was offered.

27And when the seventh day approached, and the Y’hudim from Asia Minor saw him in the Heikhal, they stirred up all the people against him and laid hands on him, 28and cried out, saying, “Men of Yisra’el, help! This is the man who teaches everywhere against our people, against the Torah, and against this place; and further, he has brought Arame’ans into the Heikhal and has defiled this makom kadosh.”  29For they had previously seen Trophimus, the Efesi, with him in the city, and they thought he had entered into the Heikhal with Pavlos.  30So the whole city was in a tumult, and all the people ran together; they seized Pavlos and dragged him out of the Heikhal; and the doors were immediately shut.  31And as the mob sought to kill him, the news reached the captain of the company that all the city was in an uproar.  32He immediately took a centurion and many soldiers and ran down to them; and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they ceased beating Pavlos.  33Then the chief captain came near him and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains. Then he inquired, “Who is he and what has he done?”  34And some of the mob cried against him one thing, some another; and because of their confusion, he was unable to know what was true, so he commanded him to be taken to headquarters.  35And when Pavlos reached the stairs, the soldiers carried him because of the violence of the people, 36for a great many people followed after, crying out and saying, “Away with him!”  37And as Pavlos was about to be led into headquarters, he said to the chief captain, “May I speak to you?” The captain said, “Can you speak Greek?  38Are you not that one from Mitzrayim who some time ago created disturbances and led out into the desert four thousand malefactors?”  39But Pavlos said, “I am a Y’hudi of Tarsus in Cilicia, born a citizen of a well-known city; I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”  40And when he had given him permission, Pavlos stood on the stairs and beckoned with his hand to them. And when they were quiet he spoke to them in the Hebrew language and said to them:

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