Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 7

Today I present my Restored English Translation (RET) of Ester (Esther) chapter 7.  As usual, it contains the Hebrew names, with a glossary of them afterward.  At the end is a list of where the Aleph Tavs occur, as they are no longer included in the main text.

CHAPTER 7 

1 And Mordekai knew all that was done, and Mordekai tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry. 2 And he came as far as the king’s gate, for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province, wherever the King’s word and his edict came, there was great mourning among the Yehudim, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many put on sackcloth and ashes. 4 So Ester’s young women and her eunuchs came and told it to her. Then the Queen vehemently writhed in pain; and she sent clothing to clothe Mordekai, and to take away his sackcloth from him. But he did not accept them. 5 Then Ester called for Hatak, one of the king’s eunuchs, whom he had appointed to stand in her presence, and commanded him about Mordekai, to know what it was, and why it was. 6 So Hatak went out to Mordekai, to a street of the city which was before the king’s gate. 7 And Mordekai told him all that had happened to him, and of the sum of the silver that Haman had commanded to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Yehudim, to destroy them. 8 He also gave him the copy of the writing of the edict that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show to Ester, and to declare it to her, and to charge her that she should go in to the king, to make supplication to him, and to make request for her people before him. 9 And Hatak came and told to Ester the words of Mordekai. 10 Again Ester spoke to Hatak, and gave him a command for Mordekai: 11 “All the King’s servants, and the people of the King’s provinces, do know, that every man or woman who will go in to the King, into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his – to die; except such to whom the king will extend the golden sceptre, that he will live. But I have not been called to go in to the King these 30 days.” 12 And they told the words of Ester to Mordekai. 13 Then Mordekai commanded to send back to Ester, “Do not think within yourself that you will escape in the King’s house, more than all the Yehudim. 14 For if you are altogether silent at this time, then freedom and deliverance will arise for the Yehudim from another place; but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows if you have laid a hand to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to send Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather together all the Yehudim who are to be found in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink 3 days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast in the same way; and so I will go in to the King, which is not according to the law. And if I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordekai crossed over, and did according to all that Ester had commanded him. 18 Then Mordekai thought on all the works of YEHOVAH, and made his prayer to Him, 19 saying, “O YEHOVAH, YEHOVAH, the King EL SHADDAI; for the whole world is in Your power, and if it is Your will to save Yisra’el, there is no man who can oppose You. 20 For You have made heaven and earth, and all the wondrous things under the heaven. 21 You are ADONAI of all things, and there is no man who can resist You, Who are YEHOVAH. 22 You know all things, and You know, ADONAI, that it was neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, that I did not bow down to proud Haman. 23 For I could have been content with good will for the salvation of Yisra’el to kiss the soles of his feet. 24 But I did this that I might not prefer the glory of man above the glory of ELOHIM. Neither will I worship any but You, O ADONAI, neither will I do it in pride. 25 And now, O YEHOVAH ELOHIM and King, ELOHIM of Avraham, spare Your people. For their eyes are on us to bring us to nothing; yes, they desire to destroy the inheritance that has been Yours from the beginning. 26 Do not neglect the portion which You have delivered out of Mitsrayim for Your own self. 27 Hear my prayer and be merciful to Your inheritance. Turn our sorrow into joy, that we may live, O YEHOVAH, and praise Your name. And do not destroy the mouths of them who praise You, O YEHOVAH.” 28 All Yisra’el in like manner cried most earnestly to YEHOVAH, because their death was before their eyes.

Glossary

Mordekai – Mordecai

Yehudim – Jews

Ester – Esther

Shushan – Susa

YEHOVAH – The Lord

EL SHADDAI – God Almighty

Yisra’el – Israel

ADONAI – The Lord

ELOHIM – God

YEHOVAH ELOHIM – The Lord God

Avraham – Abraham

Mitsrayim – Egypt

Where the Aleph Tavs occur

Verse 1: And Mordecai knew את all that was done, and tore Mordecai את his clothes, and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry.

Verse 4: So Ester’s young women and her eunuchs came and told it to her. Then the Queen vehemently writhed in pain; and she sent clothing to clothe את Mordekai, and to take away his sackcloth from him. But he did not accept them.

Verse 7: And told to him Mordekai את of all that had happened to him, and את of the sum of the silver that Haman had commanded to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Yehudim, to destroy them.

Verse 8: Also את he gave him the copy of the writing of the edict that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show to את Ester, and to declare it to her, and to charge her that she should go in to the king, to make supplication to him, and to make request before him for her people.

Verse 9: And Hatak came and told to Ester את the words of Mordekai.

Verse 11: “All the King’s servants, and the people of the King’s provinces, do know, that every man or woman who will go in to the King, into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his – to die; except such to whom will extend the king את the sceptre golden, that he will live. But I have not been called to go in to the King these 30 days.”

Verse 12: And they told to Mordekai את the words of Ester.

Verse 14: For if you are altogether silent at this time, then freedom and deliverance will arise for the Yehudim from place another; but את you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows if you have laid a hand to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Verse 16: “Go, gather together את all the Yehudim who are to be found in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink 3 days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast in the same way; and so will I go in to the King, which is not according to the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

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