Esther 8:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
For the Jews it was a time of light and gladness, of joy and honor.

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

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

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

NASB 1995
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

NASB 1977
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

Amplified Bible
For [at this time] the Jews had light [a dawn of new hope] and gladness and joy and honor.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And upon the Jews was light and joy and honor and dancing.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Jews had light and gladness,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
to the Jews has been light, and gladness, and joy, 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Decree of Xerxes
15Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal garments of blue and white, with a large gold crown and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. 16For the Jews it was a time of light and gladness, of joy and honor. 17In every province and every city, wherever the king’s edict and decree reached, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many of the people of the land themselves became Jews, because the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them.…

Cross References
Psalm 97:11
Light shines on the righteous, gladness on the upright in heart.

Psalm 112:4
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright--for the gracious, compassionate, and righteous.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God; He has made His light to shine upon us. Bind the festal 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, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; …

Psalm 30:5-11
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning…

had light.

Esther 9:17
On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

Psalm 18:28
For thou wilt 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.









Verse 16. - The Jews had light. A metaphor for "happiness" (comp. Isaiah 58:8).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For the Jews
לַיְּהוּדִ֕ים (lay·yə·hū·ḏîm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3064: Jews -- Jewish

it was a time of
הָֽיְתָ֥ה (hā·yə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

light
אוֹרָ֖ה (’ō·w·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 219: Luminousness, prosperity, a plant

and gladness,
וְשִׂמְחָ֑ה (wə·śim·ḥāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

of joy
וְשָׂשֹׂ֖ן (wə·śā·śōn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8342: Cheerfulness, welcome

and honor.
וִיקָֽר׃ (wî·qār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3366: Value, wealth, costliness, dignity


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