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Esther 2:1-23

Esther Becomes Queen of Persia

1Later, the great anger of King Xerxes calmed down. Then he remembered Vashti and what she had done. He also remembered the royal order he had sent out concerning her. 2At that time the king’s personal attendants made a suggestion. They said, “King Xerxes, let a search be made for some beautiful young virgins for you. 3Appoint some officials in every territory in your kingdom. Have them bring all these beautiful young women into the fort of Susa. Put them in the special place where the virgins stay. Then put Hegai in charge of them. He’s the official who serves you. He’s in charge of the women. Let beauty care be given to the new group of women. 4Then let the young woman who pleases you the most become queen in Vashti’s place.” The king liked that advice. So he followed it.

5There was a Jew living in the fort of Susa. He was from the tribe of Benjamin. His name was Mordecai. He was the son of Jair. Jair was the son of Shimei. Shimei was the son of Kish. 6Nebuchadnezzar had forced Mordecai to leave Jerusalem. He was among the prisoners who were carried off along with Jehoiachin. Jehoiachin had been king of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. 7Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah. He had raised her because she didn’t have a father or mother. Hadassah was also called Esther. She had a lovely figure and was very beautiful. Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter. He had done it when her father and mother died.

8After the king’s order and law were announced, many young women were brought to the fort of Susa. Hegai was put in charge of them. Esther was also taken to the king’s palace. She was put under the control of Hegai. He was in charge of the place where the virgins stayed. 9Esther pleased him. He showed her how happy he was with her. Right away he provided her with her beauty care and special food. He appointed seven female attendants to help her. They were chosen from the king’s palace. He moved her and her attendants into the best part of the place where the virgins stayed.

10Esther hadn’t told anyone who her people were. She hadn’t talked about her family. That’s because Mordecai had told her not to. 11Mordecai tried to find out how Esther was getting along. He wanted to know what was happening to her. So he walked back and forth near the courtyard by the place where the virgins stayed. He did it every day.

12Each young woman had to complete 12 months of beauty care. They used oil of myrrh for six months. And they used perfume and makeup for the other six months. A virgin’s turn to go in to King Xerxes could come only after a full 12 months had passed. 13And here is how she would go to the king. She would be given anything she wanted from the place where the virgins stayed. She could take it with her to the king’s palace. 14In the evening she would go there. In the morning she would leave. Then she would go to the special place where the king’s concubines stayed. She would be put under the control of Shaashgaz. He was the king’s official who was in charge of the concubines. She would never return to the king unless he was pleased with her. He had to send for her by name before she could go to him again.

15Mordecai had adopted Esther. She had been the daughter of his uncle Abihail. Her turn came to go in to the king. She only asked for what Hegai suggested. He was the king’s official who was in charge of the place where the virgins stayed. Everyone who saw Esther was pleased with her. 16She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal house. It was now the tenth month. That was the month of Tebeth. It was the seventh year of the rule of Xerxes.

17The king liked Esther more than he liked any of the other women. She pleased him more than any of the other virgins. So he put a royal crown on her head. He made her queen in Vashti’s place. 18Then the king gave a feast to honor Esther. All his nobles and officials were invited. He announced a holiday all through the territories he ruled over. He freely gave many gifts in keeping with his royal wealth.

Mordecai Uncovers a Plan to Kill the King

19The virgins were gathered together a second time. At that time Mordecai was sitting at the palace gate. 20Esther had kept her family history a secret. She hadn’t told anyone who her people were. Mordecai had told her not to. She continued to follow his directions. That’s what she had always done when he was bringing her up.

21Bigthana and Teresh were two of the king’s officers. They guarded the door of the royal palace. They became angry with King Xerxes. So they decided to kill him. They made their evil plans while Mordecai was sitting at the palace gate. 22So Mordecai found out about it and told Queen Esther. Then she reported it to the king. She told him that Mordecai had uncovered the plans against him. 23Some people checked Esther’s report. And they found out it was true. So the two officials were put to death. Then poles were stuck through them. They were set up where people could see them. All of that was written in the official records. It was written down while the king was watching.

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Ester 2:1-23

Ginhimo nga Rayna si Ester

1Sang ulihi, sang naumpawan na si Haring Ahasuerus sa iya kaakig, nadumduman niya si Vashti kag ang ginhimo niya. Nadumduman man niya ang sugo nga iya ginhimo kontra kay Vashti. 2Gani nagsiling sa iya ang iya personal nga mga alagad, “Mahal nga Hari, ngaa indi ka magpapangita sang matahom kag bataon nga mga dalaga? 3Magpili ka sang mga opisyal sa kada probinsya nga sakop sang imo ginharian para magpangita sang matahom kag bataon nga mga dalaga kag magdala sa ila sa elistaran sang mga babayi diri sa napaderan nga siyudad sang Susa. Ipaatipan mo ang mga dalaga kay Hegai nga imo mataas nga opisyal, nga gintugyanan mo nga mag-atipan sa mga babayi sa palasyo. Kag siya ang bahala nga maghatag sa ila sang ila mga kinahanglanon sa pagpatahom. 4Dayon ang magustuhan mo nga dalaga amo ang ibulos mo kay Vashti bilang rayna.” Nagustuhan sang hari ang ginsiling sa iya, gani ginsunod niya ini.

5Karon, may isa ka Judio nga nagaestar sa napaderan nga siyudad sang Susa; ang iya ngalan amo si Mordecai. Ang iya amay amo si Jair, kag ang iya lolo amo si Shimei nga anak ni Kish nga halin sa tribo ni Benjamin. 6Isa siya sa mga ginbihag sa Babilonia halin sa Jerusalem, kaupod ni Haring Jehoyakin2:6 Jehoyakin: ukon, Jeconia. sang Juda. Ginbihag sila ni Haring Nebucadnezar sang Babilonia. 7May pakaisa si Mordecai nga dalaga nga matahom kag nami sing lawas. Ang iya ngalan amo si Hadasa nga ginatawag man nga Ester. Sang napatay ang mga ginikanan ni Ester, ginsapupo siya ni Mordecai kag ginpadako bilang iya anak.

8Sang ginbantala ang mando sang hari parte sa matahom nga mga dalaga, madamo nga mga dalaga ang gindala sa palasyo sang hari didto sa napaderan nga siyudad sang Susa. Kag isa sa ila amo si Ester. Ginpaatipan sila kay Hegai nga gintugyanan sa pag-atipan sa mga babayi sa palasyo. 9Nanamian si Hegai kay Ester, kag maayo ang pagtratar niya sa iya. Ginhatagan niya dayon si Ester sang pagkaon kag mga kinahanglanon sa pagpatahom. Ginhatagan man niya siya sang pito ka suluguon nga babayi nga halin mismo sa palasyo sang hari, kag ginpaestar niya siya kag ang iya mga suluguon sa pinakamaayo nga kuwarto.

10Wala magsugid si Ester nga Judio siya tungod kay ginhambalan siya ni Mordecai nga indi gid magpanugid. 11Adlaw-adlaw, nagalakat-lakat si Mordecai malapit sa lagwerta sang ginaestaran sang mga babayi sa paghibalo sang kahimtangan ni Ester, kag kon ano na ang nagakatabo sa iya.

12Antes paatubangon ang isa ka babayi sa hari kinahanglan makompleto anay niya ang isa ka tuig nga pagpatahom: sa sulod sang anom ka bulan banyusan niya ang iya lawas sang lana sang mira, kag sa sulod sang anom pa gid ka bulan butangan niya ang iya lawas sang mga pahamot kag sang iban pa nga klase sang mga pangpatahom. 13Kag antes siya magkadto sa hari, hatagan siya sang bisan ano nga bayo kag alahas nga gusto niya nga isul-ob sa pag-atubang sa hari. 14Magakadto siya sa hari sa gab-i, kag pagkaaga dal-on siya sa lain nga elistaran nga sa diin nagaestar ang mga asawa sang hari. Ginaatipan sila ni Shaashgaz, ang opisyal sang hari nga gintugyanan sa pag-atipan sang mga asawa sang hari. Wala sing bisan sin-o sa ila nga makabalik sa hari luwas lang kon gusto siya sang hari kag ipatawag niya siya.

15-16Sang ikanapulo nga bulan, nga amo ang bulan sang Tebet, sadtong ikapito nga tuig sang paghari ni Ahasuerus, nag-abot ang turno ni Ester2:15-16 Ester: sa Hebreo may sugpon pa nga, ang anak ni Abihail nga tiyo ni Mordecai, nga ginsapupo ni Mordecai bilang iya anak. nga magkadto sa hari didto sa palasyo. Gintuman ni Ester ang ginlaygay sa iya ni Hegai, ang mataas nga opisyal sang hari nga gintugyanan sa pag-atipan sa mga babayi sa palasyo. Kon ano ang ginsiling sa iya ni Hegai nga isul-ob niya sa pagkadto sa hari amo lang ang iya ginsul-ob. Nagadayaw sa iya ang tanan nga nakakita sa iya.

17Nagustuhan sang hari si Ester labaw sa tanan nga babayi nga gindala sa iya. Nalipay gid siya sa iya, kag gintratar niya siya sing maayo. Ginkoronahan niya siya kag ginhimo nga rayna sa baylo ni Vashti. 18Naghiwat dayon sang dako nga punsyon ang hari agod padunggan si Ester. Gin-imbitar niya ang tanan niya nga mga opisyal kag ang iban pa niya nga mga alagad. Kag gindeklarar niya sa bug-os nga ginharian nga magpahuway ang mga tawo sa sadto nga adlaw. Kag sa iya kaalwan, nagpanghatag siya sang regalo sa mga tawo.

Ginluwas ni Mordecai ang Hari

19Sang ikaduha nga pagtipon sang mga dalaga, si Mordecai isa na ka opisyal nga nakapuwesto sa puwertahan sang palasyo. 20Wala pa gid sadto nagpanugid si Ester nga Judio siya, subong sang ginbilin sa iya ni Mordecai. Ginatuman gihapon ni Ester si Mordecai pareho sang iya ginahimo sadto sang ginaatipan pa siya ni Mordecai.

21Sang sadto nga tion nga si Mordecai isa na ka opisyal nga nakapuwesto sa puwertahan sang palasyo, may duha ka opisyal sang hari nga ang ila ngalan amo si Bigtana2:21 Bigtana: ukon, Bigtan. kag si Teresh. Sila ang nagaguwardya sa puwertahan sang kuwarto sang hari. Karon, naakig sila kay Haring Ahasuerus kag nagplano sila sa pagpatay sa iya. 22Pero nahibaluan ni Mordecai ang ila plano, gani ginsugid niya ini kay Rayna Ester. Dayon ginsugid man ini ni Ester sa hari kag ginpahibalo nga si Mordecai ang nakatukib sini. 23Ginpaimbistigar ini sang hari. Kag sang napamatud-an nga matuod gid man, ginpabitay2:23 ginpabitay: ukon, ginpatuhog. niya si Bigtana kag si Teresh sa kahoy. Nagsugo ang hari nga isulat ini nga hitabo sa libro sang kasaysayan sang ginharian.