Esther 8:16
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New International Version
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.

New Living Translation
The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere.

English Standard Version
The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.

New American Standard Bible
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

King James Bible
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

Christian Standard Bible
and the Jews celebrated with gladness, joy, and honor.

Contemporary English Version
and the Jews were no longer afraid. In fact, they were very happy and felt that they had won a victory.

Good News Translation
For the Jews there was joy and relief, happiness and a sense of victory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and the Jews celebrated with gladness, joy, and honor.

International Standard Version
For the Jewish people, there was light and joy, gladness and honor.

NET Bible
For the Jews there was radiant happiness and joyous honor.

New Heart English Bible
The Jews had light, gladness, joy, and honor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the Jews were cheerful, happy, joyful, and successful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honour.

New American Standard 1977
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honour.

King James 2000 Bible
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

American King James Version
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

American Standard Version
The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to the Jews a new light seemed to rise, joy, honour, and dancing.

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews had light, and joy, and gladness, and honour.

English Revised Version
The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

World English Bible
The Jews had light, gladness, joy, and honor.

Young's Literal Translation
to the Jews hath been light, and gladness, and joy, and honour,
Study Bible
Xerxes' Decree
15Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. 16For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. 17In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king's commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.…
Cross References
Psalm 97:11
Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalm 112:4
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
Treasury of Scripture

The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

Jews.

Esther 4:1-3,16 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, …

Psalm 30:5-11 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

had light. That is, prosperity and hope. The dark cloud which had so long hung over them was dispelled; and again the sunshine of prosperity beamed upon them.

Esther 9:17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day …

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Proverbs 11:10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices: and when …

Isaiah 30:29,30 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; …

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Verse 16. - The Jews had light. A metaphor for "happiness" (comp. Isaiah 58:8). And the Jews had light,.... Prosperity, as opposed to the darkness of adversity in which they had been, see Isaiah 8:22, or lightsomeness and cheerfulness of spirit, as explained by the two next words:

and gladness and joy; at the good news of their deliverance, so unexpected by them; thus light is explained by gladness, Psalm 97:11

and honour: among men; from their neighbours, who before were held in contempt, as a people doomed to destruction. 8:15-17 Mordecai's robes now were rich. These things are not worth notice, but as marks of the king's favour, and the fruit of God's favour to his church. It is well with a land, when ensigns of dignity are made the ornaments of serious piety. When the church prospers, many will join it, who will be shy of it when in trouble. When believers have rest, and walk in the fear of the Lord, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost, they will be multiplied. And the attempts of Satan to destroy the church, always tend to increase the number of true Christians.
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