New International Version

Esther 8

The King’s Edict in Behalf of the Jews

1That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.

Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.

“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”

King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”

At once the royal secretaries were summoned—on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush.[a] These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language. 10 Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.

11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,[b] and to plunder the property of their enemies. 12 The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. 13 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.

The Triumph of the Jews

15 When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

Notas al pie

  1. Esther 8:9 That is, the upper Nile region
  2. Esther 8:11 Or province, together with their women and children, who might attack them;

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Eseza 8

Kabaka Awa Ekiragiro Obutatta Bayudaaya

1Awo ku lunaku olwo Kabaka Akaswero n’awa Nnabagereka Eseza ebintu byonna[a] ebya Kamani omulabe w’Abayudaaya. Eseza n’ategeeza Kabaka nti alina oluganda ku Moluddekaayi, era okuva mu kiseera ekyo Moluddekaayi n’ajjanga mu maaso ga Kabaka. Kabaka n’aggyako empeta ye gye yaggya ku Kamani n’agiwa Moluddekaayi, ate era ne Eseza n’afuula Moluddekaayi okuvunaanyizibwa ebintu ebyali ebya Kamani.

Awo Eseza n’agenda ewa Kabaka nate ng’amwegayirira ng’agwa ku bigere bye n’okukaaba nga bw’akaaba, ng’amusaba akomye enteekateeka embi zonna eza Kamani Omwagaagi, n’enkwe ze yali asalidde Abayudaaya. Kabaka n’agololera Eseza omuggo ogwa zaabu, amangu ago Eseza n’agolokoka n’ayimirira mu maaso ga Kabaka.

Eseza n’ayogera nti, “Kabaka bw’anasiima, era obanga ŋŋaanze mu maaso ga Kabaka, nange obanga musanyusa, bawandiike ekiragiro okujjulula ebbaluwa Kamani mutabani wa Kammedasa Omwagaagi, ze yayiiya era n’awandiika okuzikiriza Abayudaaya mu bitundu byonna ebya kabaka. Nnyinza ntya okugumiikiriza okulaba obulabe obulijja ku bantu bange, era n’okulaba okuzikirizibwa okw’ennyumba yange?”

Awo Kabaka Akaswero n’agamba Nnabagereka Eseza ne Moluddekaayi Omuyudaaya nti, “Olw’okuba Kamani yali ayagala kuzikiriza Abayudaaya, ebintu bye mbiwadde Eseza, era n’okuwanikibwa awanikibbwa ku Kalabba. Noolwekyo muwandiike ekiwandiiko ekirala mu linnya lya Kabaka ku lw’Abayudaaya nga bwe musiima, era mukisseeko akabonero n’empeta ya Kabaka, kubanga tewali kiwandiiko ekiwandiikiddwa mu linnya lya Kabaka era ekiteekeddwako akabonero n’empeta ya Kabaka ekiyinza okujjululwa.”

Ku lunaku olw’amakumi abiri mu esatu mu mwezi ogwokusatu, gwe mwezi Sivaani abawandiisi ba Kabaka ne bayitibwa ne bawandiika byonna Moluddekaayi bye yalagira Abayudaaya, ebbaluwa n’eweerezebwa eri abaamasaza, ne bagavana n’abakungu abaafuganga mu bitundu ekikumi mu abiri mu omusanvu (127) okuva e Buyindi okutuusa ku Buwesiyopya. Ebiragiro by’awandiikibwa eri buli ssaza ng’empandiika yaalyo bwe yali, n’eri buli ggwanga ng’olulimi lwabwe bwe lwali, n’eri Abayudaaya mu mpandiika yaabwe era ne mu lulimi lwabwe. 10 Moluddekaayi n’awandiika mu linnya lya Kabaka Akaswero, ebbaluwa n’azissaako akabonero n’empeta ya Kabaka, n’aziweereza zitwalibwe ababaka abeebagala embalaasi ezidduka ennyo ate nga zaakuzibwa mu bisibo bya Kabaka.

11 Ekiragiro kya Kabaka ky’awa Abayudaaya mu buli kibuga olukusa okukuŋŋaana n’okwekuuma; okuzikiriza, n’okutta, n’okusaanyaawo eggye lyonna ery’eggwanga lyonna oba essaza lyonna erinaabalumba, abakazi baabwe n’abaana baabwe abato, ate era n’okunyaga ebintu by’abalabe baabwe. 12 Olunaku olwalondebwa Abayudaaya okukola bino mu bitundu byonna ebya Kabaka Akaswero lwe lwali olunaku olw’ekkumi n’essatu mu mwezi ogw’ekkumi n’ebiri, gwe mwezi Adali. 13 Ebyaggyibwa mu kiragiro ekyo byali bya kuba nga tteeka mu buli kitundu, era n’okumanyibwa eri abantu aba buli ggwanga, nti ku lunaku olwo Abayudaaya beeteekereteekere okulwanyisa abalabe baabwe.

14 Awo ababaka abeebagala embalaasi za Kabaka, ne bagenda mbiro, ku kiragiro kya Kabaka, era n’ekiragiro ekiwandiikiddwa ne kirangirirwa mu lubiri lw’e Susani.

Abayudaaya Bawangula Abalabe Baabwe

15 Awo Moluddekaayi n’ava mu maaso ga Kabaka ng’ayambadde ebyambalo bya Kabaka ebya kaniki n’ebyeru, era ng’atikkiddwa engule ennene eya zaabu, era ng’ayambadde omunagiro ogwa bafuta ennungi n’olugoye olw’effulungu. Ekibuga ekya Susani ne kisanyuka nnyo. 16 Ate n’eri Abayudaaya kyali kiseera kya ssanyu, n’okujaguza n’ekitiibwa. 17 Mu buli kitundu, ne mu buli kibuga, ekiragiro kya Kabaka we kyatuuka, waaliyo essanyu n’okujaguza n’embaga nnene ddala mu Bayudaaya. Era abantu bangi abamawanga amalala ne bafuuka Abayudaaya olw’entiisa ey’Abayudaaya eyali ebakutte.

Notas al pie

  1. 8:1 Mu kiseera ekyo, kabaka yaggyanga ku muntu asaliddwa omusango ogw’okufa ebintu by’omuntu oyo byonna.