Mark Chapter 16 in the Ethiopian New Testament

Orthodox Christian Saint

Mark 16 in Amharic

Comments on this chapter:  While a major controversy rages about the authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 it is interesting that the Christian church's oldest and largest Bible (which is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's Bible and has 88 books in it) has the disputed texts.  No one can know for sure, but I would surmise that shorter readings of Mark 16 exist simply because the end of a manuscript broke off and, therefore, the longer readings are ligitimate, but the short reading is because of damage and the longer reading is not forged.

1 ሰንበትም ካለፈ በኋላ መግደላዊት ማርያም የያዕቆብም እናት ማርያም ሰሎሜም መጥተው ሊቀቡት ሽቱ ገዙ።

2 ከሳምንቱም በፊተኛው ቀን እጅግ በማለዳ ፀሐይ ከወጣ በኋላ ወደ መቃብር መጡ።

3 እርስ በርሳቸውም። ድንጋዩን ከመቃብር ደጃፍ ማን ያንከባልልልናል? ይባባሉ ነበር፤

4 ድንጋዩ እጅግ ትልቅ ነበርና፤ አሻቅበውም አይተው ድንጋዩ ተንከባሎ እንደ ነበር ተመለከቱ።

5 ወደ መቃብሩም ገብተው ነጭ ልብስ የተጎናጸፈ ጎልማሳ በቀኝ በኩል ተቀምጦ አዩና ደነገጡ።

6 እርሱ ግን። አትደንግጡ፤ የተሰቀለውን የናዝሬቱን ኢየሱስን ትፈልጋላችሁ፤ ተነሥቶአል፥ በዚህ የለም፤ እነሆ እርሱን ያኖሩበት ስፍራ።

7 ነገር ግን ሄዳችሁ ለደቀ መዛሙርቱ ለጴጥሮስም። ወደ ገሊላ ይቀድማችኋል፤ እንደ ነገራችሁ በዚያ ታዩታላችሁ ብላችሁ ንገሩአቸው አላቸው።

8 መንቀጥቀጥና መደንገጥ ይዞአቸው ነበርና ወጥተው ከመቃብር ሸሹ፤ ይፈሩ ነበርና ለማንም አንዳች አልነገሩም። እነርሱም ያዘዛቸውን ሁሉ ለጴጥሮስና ከእርሱ ጋር ላሉት በአጭሩ ተናገሩ። ከዚህም በኋላ ኢየሱስ ራሱ ለዘላለም ድኅነት የሆነውን የማይለወጠውን ቅዱስ ወንጌል ከፀሐይ መውጫ እስከ መጥለቂያው ድረስ በእጃቸው ላከው።

9 ከሳምንቱም በመጀመሪያው ቀን ማልዶ በተነሣ ጊዜ፥ አስቀድሞ ሰባት አጋንንት ላወጣላት ለመግደላዊት ማርያም ታየ።

10 እርስዋ ሄዳ ከእርሱ ጋር ሆነው ለነበሩት ሲያዝኑና ሲያለቅሱ ሳሉ አወራችላቸው፤

11 እነርሱም ሕያው እንደ ሆነ ለእርስዋም እንደ ታያት ሲሰሙ አላመኑም።

12 ከዚህም በኋላ ከእነርሱ ለሁለቱ ወደ ባላገር ሲሄዱ በመንገድ በሌላ መልክ ተገለጠ፤

13 እነርሱም ሄደው ለሌሎቹ አወሩ፤ እነዚያንም ደግሞ አላመኑአቸውም።

14 ኋላም በማዕድ ተቀምጠው ሳሉ ለአሥራ አንዱ ተገለጠ፥ ተነሥቶም ያዩትን ስላላመኑአቸው አለማመናቸውንና የልባቸውን Ethiopian Orthodox Churchጥንካሬ ነቀፈ።

15 እንዲህም አላቸው። ወደ ዓለም ሁሉ ሂዱ ወንጌልንም ለፍጥረት ሁሉ ስበኩ።

16 ያመነ የተጠመቀም ይድናል፥ ያላመነ ግን ይፈረድበታል።

17 ያመኑትንም እነዚህ ምልክቶች ይከተሉአቸዋል፤ በስሜ አጋንንትን ያወጣሉ፤ በአዲስ ቋንቋ ይናገራሉ፤ እባቦችን ይይዛሉ፥

18 የሚገድልም ነገር ቢጠጡ አይጎዳቸውም፤ እጃቸውን በድውዮች ላይ ይጭናሉ እነርሱም ይድናሉ።

19 ጌታ ኢየሱስም ከእነርሱ ጋር ከተናገረ በኋላ ወደ ሰማይ ዐረገ በእግዚአብሔርም ቀኝ ተቀመጠ።

20 እነርሱም ወጥተው በየስፍራው ሁሉ ሰበኩ፥ ጌታም ከእነርሱ ጋር ይሠራ ነበር፥ በሚከተሉትም ምልክቶች ቃሉን ያጸና ነበር።

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English translation of the disputed ending:-

 9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11 And when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, they believed not.
12 After this he appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking into the country.
13 So they went and told the rest. And they also believed not.
14 And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat at meat;
15 And he said unto them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they will cast out demons; They speak a new language, They catch snakes:
18 And if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. ”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed.

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