King James Version

Esther 8

1On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.

And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:

For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

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Ester 8

Kongen gør Mordokaj til førsteminister i stedet for Haman

1Samme dag beslaglagde kong Xerxes alt, hvad der havde tilhørt jødernes fjende, Haman, og overdrog det hele til dronning Ester. Dernæst blev Mordokaj ført frem for kongen, for Ester havde i mellemtiden fortalt ham, at han var hendes plejefar. Kongen havde taget sin signetring fra Haman og gav den nu til Mordokaj og gjorde ham dermed til premierminister. Ester overlod også til sin plejefar at bestyre al den ejendom, som havde tilhørt Haman.

Derpå trådte Ester endnu en gang frem for kongen og faldt grædende ned for hans fødder, mens hun bønfaldt ham om at sætte en stopper for Hamans plan mod jøderne. Igen rakte kongen guldscepteret frem mod Ester, hvorefter hun rejste sig og sagde: „Hvis jeg har fundet nåde for kongens øjne, hvis det behager Dem at opfylde mit ønske, og hvis De synes, det er rigtigt at gøre det, beder jeg kongen om at tilbagekalde Hamans befaling om at udrydde jøderne i riget. Jeg kan ikke bære at se mit folks og min slægts undergang!”

Kongen svarede Ester og Mordokaj med følgende ord: „Jeg har gjort, hvad jeg kunne: Jeg har henrettet Haman for hans hadefulde angreb på jøderne, og jeg har overdraget hans ejendom til Ester. Men når en lov først er skrevet og har fået det kongelige stempel, kan den ikke trækkes tilbage. I har imidlertid min tilladelse til at sende en skrivelse ud til rigets jøder, og jeg giver jer fuld frihed til i mit navn at skrive, hvad I vil, og ophøje det til lov ved at forsegle brevet med den kongelige signetring.”

Den 23. dag i den tredje måned, den, der hedder sivan, dikterede Mordokaj et brev for kongens sekretærer, som skrev det ned på de mange forskellige sprog, der taltes i de 127 provinser lige fra Indien til Nubien. Brevet var adresseret til guvernørerne og til jøderne ud over hele riget. 10 Mordokaj underskrev brevet med kongens navn og stemplede det med det kongelige segl. Derefter udstyrede han sendebudene med de hurtigste heste fra kongens stalde og sendte dem af sted. 11 I lovskrivelsen stod der, at jøderne rundt omkring i rigets byer havde tilladelse til at forene sig og forsvare sig, ja, de havde lov til at dræbe enhver fjende, som angreb dem eller deres kvinder og børn, og de måtte derefter overtage fjendens ejendele. 12 Loven skulle træde i kraft den 13. dag i den 12. måned, den dag Haman havde fastsat for jødemassakren. 13 Desuden stod der, at skrivelsens indhold skulle ophøjes til lov i samtlige rigets provinser, og at denne lov skulle bekendtgøres for alle, så jøderne kunne forberede sig og ruste sig til dagen. 14 På kongens befaling steg rytterne op på de kongelige heste og galopperede af sted, efter at skrivelsen var blevet bekendtgjort i regeringsbyen Susa.

15 Derefter forlod Mordokaj paladset iført guldkronen og den blåhvide kongelige klædning med den tilhørende purpurrøde linnedkappe og begav sig gennem byen, hvor han blev hyldet af folkemængden. 16 Det var indvarslingen af en ny tid med fred og glæde for jøderne. 17 Og hver gang de kongelige kurerer nåede frem til en ny by, blev der stor begejstring blandt jøderne, som fejrede begivenheden med fest og dans. Mange ikke-jøder sluttede sig endda til jøderne, for de blev fyldt med ærefrygt for dem.